What is domestic and family violence? Why is it a workplace issue? And, most importantly, what can we do? How can we assist colleagues and friends going through challenging times?

Watch this key discussion with Adam Haddow of SJB, Ashley Richards of Woods Bagot, Amy Muir of MUIR and Suzanne Hunt of Suzanne Hunt Architects, in conversation with Monica Edwards and Justine Clark.

Purchase access to the full recording via Vimeo on demand below (+ CPD).

Monica Edwards on the devastating statistics.

The statistics say it all:

  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 16 men have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or previous partner since age 15.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced emotional abuse by a current or previous partner since the age of 15.
  • 1 woman is killed every 9 days and 1 man is killed every 29 days by a partner

As you read this, there are 800,000 women in the Australian workforce affected by domestic and family violence. Their time at work is often the only day-time refuge.

From a business point of view, productivity is impacted, with employees experiencing violence more likely to take unplanned days off or work irregular, inconsistent hours. Employees may also be less effective, distracted, anxious, in pain or exhausted. This inconsistency, alongside social and emotional challenges, may lead to high staff turnovers. Domestic and family violence can also become a workplace health and safety issue, especially if a perpetrator harasses or stalks a person in the office. But this is not merely a business, productivity or risk issue. We also have a moral and ethical obligation to engage with this confronting, challenging and lethal problem.

Domestic and family violence is a devastating societal issue. The workplace is perfectly positioned to affect change. Collectively we can shift the stigma of silence that perpetuates these behaviours, to a culture of informed awareness and the preparedness to act. Watch to learn how workplaces can really make a difference.

This topic may trigger strong feelings, now or afterwards. Please seek support if this happens for you. You can contact: 1800 RESPECTLifeline 131114 or No to Violence Men’s Help Line 1300 766 491. White Ribbon also provides a larger list of support services and help lines.

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Related content

Watch the Champions of Change Coalition video on why family and domestic violence is a workplace issue and what can be done. Access the Champions of Change Coalition framework, including practical actions and resources.

Read our resources on family & domestic violence.

For related content, refer to the Stepping Up session and editorial content on preventing and responding to harassment.

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This session was recorded live on 10 July 2023. Stepping Up is a collaboration between Parlour, the Champions of Change Architecture Group and the Association of Consulting Architects.