Free resources supporting businesses to respond to family violence
Mon 19 Aug 2013
The North Harbour Business Association in conjunction with the It's Not OK Campaign (Ministry of Social Development), Police, the Family Violence ...
The North Harbour Business Association in conjunction with the It's Not OK Campaign (Ministry of Social Development), Police, the Family Violence Networks of Auckland's North Shore and Rodney, Shine and the North Shore Women’s Centre have partnered together to promote the ways businesses can support employees experiencing violence.
The partnership has produced free resources designed to help businesses understand family violence further and be able to take simple action, without financial or time constraints. The resources are available to download from the Business North Harbour website (formerly North Harbour Business Association). They include:
Good for Staff, Good For Business is a business publication which explains the impact of family violence and what a business can do to help.
Local Contact List provides a list of North Auckland family violence service providers.
Just Start with Two Actions provides a simple guide for two things that a business can do to have an impact.
Messages About Family Violence are messages that can be used with the "Just Start with Two Actions" or in any other communication.
Work place safety plan provides an explanation of the importance of work place safety plans for victims of family violence.
Sample Family Violence Policy provides a best practice sample family violence policy for all businesses.
A specialised training workshop for businesses is also currently being developed.
Two sequential YouTube videos firstly explain the relevance of the topic for colleagues or business owners and managers and secondly illustrate simple actions a business can take to support staff experiencing violence.
Additional resources are also available through the It's Not OK Campaign website.
Employees experiencing family violence in the workplace has a financial cost to workplaces and impact on staff wellbeing and safety.
In Australia, the very successful Safe at Home, Safe at Work project carried out research and led to more than million employees being covered domestic violence clauses in their agreement or award conditions.