Family, domestic and intimate partner abuse is a social problem of epidemic proportions. It cuts across socio-economic, cultural, and educational backgrounds. In short, any person may find themselves caught in an abusive, violent or at-risk situation. Added stressors or adverse events can aggravate or escalate family violence or abuse. For example, the ongoing uncertainty related to the COVID pandemic has increased the risk and incidents of domestic abuse across Australia.
In the past, family violence was often hidden. When others were aware, it was considered a ‘private matter’ and outsiders should not ‘interfere’. In December 2018 the implementation of the Fair Work Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Act 2018 made responding to family violence part of an employee and employer rights and responsibilities through the provision of a minimum of five days unpaid leave.
An employee making a request to access leave entitlements is in crisis. As an organisation, it is paramount to create an environment where staff members feel ‘safe enough’ to reach out. This necessitates particularly those in Human Resources / People and Culture, managerial and supervisory roles being equipped to respond with an informed, empathic and non-judgmental approach.
This training provides a foundation for understanding the complex interpersonal dynamics related to domestic abuse and family violence. It will explore that domestic abuse doesn’t necessarily mean physical violence and will highlight the often hidden dynamic of ‘coercive control. Confusing, contradictory and inconsistent behaviour by the victim / survivor will be discussed and guidance to assist seamless access to leave entitlements, external supports and adjusting work responsibilities where necessary through a period of crisis.
Participants will be able to: