Domestic violence may not seem like an obvious ‘workplace issue’ but businesses are now required to take steps to support their people who are experiencing family violence.
Under the Domestic Violence - Victims Protection Act 2018, employers must provide domestic violence leave and flexible working conditions for staff affected by domestic violence.
Simply meeting the legal requirements is not enough to provide a safe and supportive workplace for staff who experience domestic violence. When employers put effective policy and supports in place it can make a huge difference in the lives of employees at a time of crisis. The benefit is retaining and showing support for your most valuable asset – your staff.
You can use the following DVFREE guides, online learning modules, helpline posters and other resources, (which are all free to download, access or order) from specialist charity Shine, to address domestic violence in your workplace, and support staff who may be experiencing it.
The DVFREE programme was established by Shine (Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday) to improve the workplace response to domestic violence.
Free guides and resources to address domestic violence in your workplace