Workplace survey to tackle domestic and family violence

15 Feb 2018

A survey of more than 100 workplaces in NSW will examine their policies on domestic and family violence and explore how they can better support victims in their industry.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward says the survey will canvass each workplace’s approach to working with both victim-survivors and alleged and convicted perpetrators of domestic and family violence.

Workplaces will have four weeks to complete the anonymous survey, which will also assist the NSW Government to identify ways to partner with the corporate sector in supporting victim-survivors.

Ms Goward said that tackling domestic and family violence is a major commitment of the NSW Government and requires a whole-of-community response to be effective.

“This particularly applies to the workplace, which is why I am encouraging participation in this survey from a range of industries,” Ms Goward said.

“We hope the results of this survey will allow us to gauge the current state of play in the workforce when it comes to supporting those affected by domestic and family violence.”

An optional workplace survey on domestic and family violence policies was discussed at the first meeting of the Minister’s Corporate Leadership Group last year.

The Group, comprising of six corporate and business leaders, meets to discuss issues relating to domestic and family violence and explore solutions to address these problems, including opportunities for the NSW Government and the corporate sector to work in partnership.

Establishing the Corporate Leadership Group is a NSW Government commitment under the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Blueprint for Reform 2016-2021.

For more information, see the Blueprint: https://www.women.nsw.gov.au/violence_prevention/blueprint