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What You Need To Know About Domestic Violence In The Workplace

Synopsis: The Workplace Implications of Domestic Violence in the Workplace online training shows managers and employers how to build capacity to manage domestic and family violence when it spills over into the workplace and negatively impact employees. It also teaches how to confidently and compassionately deal with DV and family violence.


In 2018, Australia’s Fair Work Commission decided to include unpaid domestic, and family violence leave as an entitlement for people working under modern awards. This decision prompted the Federal Government to extend leave of this kind to all employees. The Government amended the Fair Work Act and included the leave as part of the National Employment Standards (NES).

Since then, the Fair Work Act is a strong motivation for Australian employers to consider how domestic and family violence spills into the workplace and negatively impact employees. It is no longer just a problem affecting people outside of work. Perpetrators can bring abusive and controlling behaviours to the workplace through harassing calls, emails, and turning up at the victim’s workplace.

Domestic and Family Violence is insidious and, when it makes its way into the workplace, brings with it decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, and presenteeism. It also puts a strain on the mental health of those involved. The cost of violence against women and their children in 2015-16 was $22 billion (KPMG Report – The Cost of Violence against Women and their Children in Australia, May 2016). And a 2011 study reported that Domestic and Family Violence affected the capacity to get to work of half of the victims. Financially, it makes sense to be able to identify and manage these issues.

In Australia, under workplace health and safety provisions, employers have a duty of care to employees. Organisations need to review how their policy and procedures handle Domestic and Family Violence and ensure staff train to deal with these sorts of situations.

To help organisations meet their obligations in this regard and to safeguard the mental health of their workforce, the Workplace Mental Health Institute has teamed up with James Judge, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra and Director of Australian Human Resource Professionals, and developed the Workplace Implications of Domestic Violence in the Workplace online training. With James Judge as your facilitator, we know you are in good hands and are learning from the best.

What is in the course:

  • What you must know, as a manager, to be compliant with Australian workplace domestic and family violence law
  • What your responsibilities are under the law
  • How prevalent domestic and family violence are and who is impacted
  • Why people find it hard to come forward or speak up at work
  • Things you need to keep in mind when having this sensitive conversation
  • How to have a sensitive conversation, appropriate to the workplace
  • How to respond while staying within the limits of your role – the do’s and don’ts
  • What you need to know to ensure safety for everyone involved

With content specific to the Australian workplace context, this online training teaches what to say and do, to respond safely and appropriately to assist victims of domestic violence, without overstepping the bounds of their role.

Organisations like the University of New South Wales, Broadspectrum, WorkCover QLD, Defence Housing, University of New South Wales, MSS Security, Defence Health, and Tradies Clubs NSW, to name just a few, use our online courses, as part of their standard induction procedures, or as an ongoing part of their regular learning and development programs.

This online training course could be part of your strategy to ensure sure that managers are on the same page; they have ticked the box from a compliance standard; and that they are also communicating to their employees from Day One that this organisation commits to a safe working culture.

This course is video-based and includes quizzes to test participant learning, as well as a certificate of completion.

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Who Is This Course For:

  • People in leadership positions in Australian workplaces that carry the legal and financial risk of the company
  • Managers, supervisors and team leaders responsible for protecting the health of their teams
  • Anyone wanting a better understanding of the legal ramifications of Domestic Violence in the workplace.

Note for large organisations: Group discounts apply. This online course can also be provided to you in SCORM files to upload to your Learning Management System. Please contact us for a quote.

Course Curriculum

Module 1: Introduction to Domestic and Family Violence course
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Module 2: What is Domestic and Family Violence?
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Module 3: Prevalence and some Statistics
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Men and Women’s Experience of Violence
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Module 4: Barriers to Disclosure
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Module 5: Having the Conversation
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Module 6: What is and isn’t Your Role?
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Module 7: Thinking About Safety
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Module 8: Support Services
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