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Cardno endorses a new framework for workplace action on domestic and family violence

Cardno is pleased to endorse the release of a framework with practical actions and resources for organisations to advance their approach to the prevention and response to domestic and family violence in the workplace.  The framework was developed by the Champions of Change Coalition, Challenge DV, No to Violence, Our Watch, The Full Stop Foundation, UNSW Gendered Violence Research Network and WESNET.

Cardno APAC has been a Member of the Champions of Change Coalition, collaborating on gender equality initiatives, since 2018. The Coalition includes CEOs, secretaries of government departments, non-executive directors and community leaders who believe gender equality is a major business, economic, societal and human rights issue.

Playing Our Part: A Framework for Workplace Action on Domestic and Family Violence is published by the Champions of Change Coalition following six years of experimentation and evolution of practices and actions for workplaces to contribute to the prevention and response to domestic and family violence.

“When we started this work, we didn’t have the language or awareness to talk about domestic and family violence in our workplaces, it was difficult and uncomfortable. After six years of sharing, experimenting, and learning together - corporate and public sector leaders, domestic and family violence experts and advocates with lived experience – we are comfortable taking action on domestic and family violence in our workplaces. We recognise the inherent dignity of all and we will do whatever it takes to ensure all of our people are not only safe at work, but also safe at home," says Elizabeth Broderick AO, founder of the Champions of Change Coalition.

Domestic and family violence is a workplace issue: it impacts employees and productivity

The impact of domestic and family violence extends to workplaces and has a negative impact on employee wellbeing, workplace health and safety and workforce productivity:

  • Violence against women and their children was estimated in 2016 to cost Australia $22billion annually
  • 62% of women who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic and family violence are in the paid workforce
  • Globally studies have found that up to 78% of people who use domestic violence have done so during work hours using workplace resources

Workplaces play a part in identifying and responding to domestic and family violence – and make a difference

In 2021 the role workplaces can play in preventing and responding to domestic and family violence is becoming clearer: it demands a compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgemental response. Effective processes and policies can enable employees experiencing domestic and family violence to seek support and receive assistance.  Workplaces also play a role to support and encourage employees who use domestic and family violence to seek help to change their behaviour.

Domestic and family violence – it’s everyone’s business to recognise, respond and refer

Since 2015 Champions of Change Members have been working closely with the domestic and family violence expert community and advocates with lived experience, learning, trialling and refining internal and referral programs to appropriately address domestic and family violence in their organisations.

In 2021 many Champions of Change Member organisations are modelling leading practice approaches to both employees who experience and those who use domestic violence:

  • more than 85% of Champions of Change Members have initiatives in place to support employees experiencing domestic and family violence, and
  • more than 70% of Champions of Change Member organisations have programs in place to respond to employees who use or may use domestic and family violence
  • more than 45% of Champions of Change Members organisations have initiatives that have a positive impact on domestic and family violence in the community.


For more information contact:

Jackie McPhee
Corporate and APAC Marketing & Communications Manager
T: +61 7 3100 2142
M:+61 421 896 983
E:jackie.mcphee@cardno.com.au


Champions of Change Coalition includes CEOs, secretaries of government departments, non-executive directors and community leaders who believe gender equality is a major business, economic, societal and human rights issue. Established in 2010 by Elizabeth Broderick AO, our mission is to step up beside women to help achieve gender equality and a significant and sustainable increase in the representation of women in leadership.

Challenge DV (formerly Australia's CEO Challenge) has been partnering with workplaces to facilitate domestic and family violence prevention training since 2001. Challenge DV also creates change with a unique partnerships program that match businesses or government departments with front-line services, and hosting events designed to unite a community no longer able to accept domestic and family violence.

No to Violence (NTV) is the largest peak body in Australia representing organisations and individuals working with men to end family violence and operator of Men's Referral Service, which provides telephone counselling, information and referrals for men who use violence to help change their behaviour.

Our Watch is a national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia.

The Full Stop Foundation supports the work of Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, delivering: 24/7 trauma specialist counselling to people impacted by sexual, domestic and family violence; training and professional services to businesses, governments and community organisations to better prevent and respond to violence; and public advocacy for change.

The UNSW Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) offers a knowledge exchange stream (Gendered Violence & Organisations) which has successfully partnered with over 50 organisations including a range of private sector employers to design response strategies, advise on policy and deliver expert training in gendered violence prevention and response.

WESNET is the national peak body for specialist women’s domestic and family violence services across Australia and the leading sector expert on the intersection of technology and violence against women. WESNET provides training and advice to frontline workers, governments, technology and other businesses to ensure women can access technology safely.