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The Male Champions of Change are urging employers to treat domestic violence as a workplace issues and have worked with experts to create a practical guide for action.
The report, Playing our Part: Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence calls on leaders to help reduce the prevalence and impact of domestic and family violence and provides practical actions organisations can take, including a three-level model of implementation supported by examples of responses from MCC organisations.
Male Champion of Change Chair and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick says the report is significant due to it being the first time a group of leaders has come together to acknowledge domestic violence as a workplace issue.
“After learning from experts, these Australian leaders are committed to taking practical action to reduce the prevalence and impact of such violence, and sharing what they have learned,” said Ms Broderick.
Currently there are 1.4 million Australian women living in an abusive relationship, or have done so in the past, and of these, 800,000 are in the paid workforce. Economic factors are the most significant predictor of whether a women experiencing domestic violence remains, escapes or returns to an abusive relationship. KPMG, who prepared the report, estimates that domestic and family violence will cost Australian businesses $609 million annually by 2021.
Ms Broderick believes organisations can play a significant role when they have a robust response which is thought-through, leader-led, implemented strongly and not left to chance.
“The Male Champions of Change are calling on the workplaces of Australia to make a start now, and implement a workplace response to domestic and family violence,” says Ms Broderick.
“This report, and support from experts, can help them take these steps.”
Workplace Gender Equality Agency data shows about one-third (34.9%) of major private sector employers have a policy or strategy in place to support employees experiencing family or domestic violence.
The report, Playing our Part: Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence can be downloaded now from the Male Champions of Change website.