With the recent introduction of a bill to parliament, that if passed, will insert 10 days of paid family and domestic violence (FDV) leave into the NES, there have been a lot of conversations around FDV leave. While conversations about leave provisions are valuable, in the Domestic Violence Service Management insights paper – it is indicated that:
- Approximately half of employees who responded to the survey did not know if their employer had a FDV policy
- The majority of employees experiencing DFV did not choose to disclose this to their employer
- Of the 34 per cent that did disclose, most disclosed to their manager or a colleague
- People who disclosed found it difficult to do so
- Fifty six per cent described the experience of disclosing with negative, mixed or neutral sentiments.
This tells us that even with the leave provision available, there will still be a lot of work organisations can do to support their employees.
While implementing workplace strategies to support those impacted by FDV can seem overwhelming, a good place to start is your Policy.
Having a good, fit for purpose Policy is a great step forward in ensuring your organisation is ready to respond to FDV issues. Over the coming months, we will be publishing a series of articles that explore common issues organisations face when implementing policies and strategies supporting those impacted by FDV.
In the meantime, for support and resources, check out the below websites or contact us at Azuhr should you need any assistance in developing or refining your FDV Policy.
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Experiences and perceptions of workplace responses to domestic and family violence (Sightlines Professional Services – Domestic Violence Service Management 2020)