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EPP and WorkHaven: a new partnership to create more meaningful workspaces across Australia

A joint desire to break the cycle of domestic and family violence and create more inclusive and supportive workplaces across Australia has resulted in a special partnership between Executive Performance Partners and WorkHaven. WorkHaven strives to address domestic and family violence, develop a connected workplace culture and support victims to become survivors. The company delivers effective solutions to businesses to ensure they have a meaningful approach to domestic and family violence...

DFV Leadership – Brett Bassett

Brett Bassett MBA, BEd, GAICD, FGIA, CFE has been the QBCC Commissioner since May 2016. Prior to commencing at the QBCC, he was the Queensland Regional Commissioner for the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC). He developed and implemented ASIC’s small business strategy with a specific focus on education, engagement and regulation of the building and construction industry and chaired the inaugural Federal Government Building and Construction roundtable that now occurs...

DFV Leadership – Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams is the General Manager of People, Culture and Safety at SEQWater. She is a strategic HR leader with a successful track record of introducing effective approaches to domestic and family violence to a range of large organisations. Melissa has a genuine passion for the stand against DFV, and we were very happy to gain her insights and advice in relation to DFV and the workplace. What role does the workplace have in the stand against domestic and family violence (DFV)? The role of...

DFV leadership – Kersten Gentle

Kersten Gentle is the Executive Officer of the Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association (FTMA). She is an industry expert with 30 years experience in the forest and wood products industry. She is also a champion of gender equality and the stand against domestic and family violence. We spoke to Kersten to get her thoughts on the workplace and domestic and family violence (DFV). What role does the workplace have in the stand against domestic and family violence (DFV)?  More and more large...

DFV leadership – Sonia McDonald

Throughout our work, we speak to many leaders and experts who provide terrific insights and knowledge in relation to domestic and family violence (DFV) and the role of the workplace. These insights are really valuable, and we would like to share them, so we have interviewed a range experts to capture this knowledge and share them with you. The first of these articles features Sonia McDonald. Sonia is the Founder and CEO of Leadership HQ - an organisation that inspires, transforms and empowers...

One size doesn’t fit all – building an meaningful approach to domestic and family violence in the workplace

Domestic and family violence (DFV) is a very complex topic and each situation is different - different people working in different environments in different personal circumstances with different impacts leading to different needs. It is important we consider this when forming a workplace response to DFV to ensure we offer flexibility in our approach and avoid an overly-rigid approach. Over recent times, it has been great to see many businesses stepping up to understand DFV and support impacted...

We can all play a part in the stand against domestic and family violence

Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) is a critical issue in Australia. Current statistics show that 1 in 4 women are impacted by DFV within their lifetime and an average of one woman per week loses their life as the result of domestic abuse. It’s a topic we see almost daily in the media and one that the government is taking very seriously. Whilst it is a dark and often overwhelming topic, the the good news is we can all play a role in the stand against DFV. We can all play a part in the stand...

Understanding domestic violence and how you can take a stand

Understanding domestic violence is a key to addressing the problem. Here's a video we created to explain domestic violence and how workplaces can take a stand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PF-JcVEYpM If you'd like more information, please email to hello@workhaven.com.au or visit our services page

Workplace support is crucial – domestic and family violence

Effective and relevant workplace support is vital in the stand against domestic and family violence (DFV). When a person encounters DFV, the response from their employer can have an enormous impact on how they navigate their situation and move forward. The approach of an organisation can strongly influence how someone is affected mentally and financially. It can even influence a person’s decision to leave an abusive and dangerous situation.  I know a person (let’s call her Jemma) who was...

Rebuilding friendships after domestic violence

Rebuilding friendships after domestic violence

A common element of domestic violence is social isolation - the perpetrator cuts the victim off from the people who know, care about and support them as a form of control and abuse. This means they are more reliant upon their partner and they have no outlet to share what is happening or seek help. In my case, before I met my partner I was a "social butterfly" with regular visits from friends. Soon after we moved in together, my mates stopped calling by as they no longer felt welcome. He made...

Rebuilding your finances after domestic violence

I have always been careful with money to ensure I can afford the things I want in life. Before I was in a domestic violence situation, I was doing reasonably well financially. I had a good job, saved hard, owned a decent portion of my home and I had the funds to travel each year. When I moved in with my ex-partner, he earned less money than I did, barely owned any of his home and he had two children to pay for. Whilst on paper there was an imbalance, he assumed we would split everything 50/50,...

Rebuilding your confidence after domestic violence

Rebuilding your confidence after domestic violence

The ripples of domestic violence are complex. Victims often experience impacts across all facets of their lives. These can include eroded confidence, family breakdown, social isolation, financial setbacks and career disruption.  As a result of this complexity, the road from victim to survivor takes time as each element of your life needs to be rebuilt. This is the first of a series of blogs about rebuilding. Each one will cover a different element. I'm starting with rebuilding confidence,...

There’s more to a safe workplace than most people think

There’s more to a safe workplace than most people think

In Australia, going to work and feeling safe are things we take for granted. There have been many media campaigns promoting a workplace health and safety to ensure that people leave work in the same state as they arrived, as well as professions and programs dedicated to this cause. It is also commonplace for organisations to roll out Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) to provide employees with free counselling for work or personal issues that may arise. These are all necessary and valuable...

My story of workplace recovery after DV

My story of workplace recovery after DV

Having experienced the juggle of holding down a career whilst experiencing domestic violence (DV), I can wholeheartedly say that it is a very difficult, if not impossible situation to navigate through. I was a Marketing Director in the construction industry when I was going through DV. My job was very demanding - I worked long hours, managed a big team and faced an array of daily challenges. On the flip side, I earned a good income and enjoyed the privileges of an executive position. When my...

Shining a light for positive change

Shining a light for positive change

The power of stigma There's no doubt about it, over the last few years we have come a long way to create a broader awareness of domestic and family violence (DFV). With coverage in the media, government initiatives and community activities, many people understand the impact of DFV and its prevalence within society. Yet sadly, the stigma still exists. It remains an uncomfortable topic that is often swept under the carpet as people don't want to talk about it. I have been in...

The things I learnt through living with domestic violence

The things I learnt through living with domestic violence

I lived in a domestic and family violence (DFV) situation for five years. That period was probably the toughest of my life. Whilst I would never want to repeat this chapter, I am grateful for the insights I received through this experience, and the opportunity to share them with others. Here are the things I learnt; 1. Domestic violence does not discriminate - It doesn't matter where you live, how much you earn, your ethnicity, your profession, the size of your family or your level of...

Creating a supportive workplace to address domestic violence

Creating a supportive workplace to address domestic violence

There's no doubt about it - domestic and family violence (DFV) is a complex and sensitive topic and needs to be managed carefully by people who truly understand the topic. This is why: 1. DFV can be all encompassing - not only can it impact a person's sense of physical safety, it can impact their confidence and sense of self-worth through mental and emotional abuse, which may impact their outputs at work and other areas of their lives. The abuse may also extend...

Moving on from DFV and my advice to others

Moving on from DFV and my advice to others

I was 37 years old and kicking goals left, right and centre. A senior marketing professional with a seasoned career, a beautiful home, overseas holidays, a terrific circle of friends and a world of opportunities ahead of me. Things seemed to get even better when I met and fell in love with the man of my dreams. On the surface he ticked every box - handsome, charming, great job, he made me laugh and he wanted to be a part of my world. Our relationship developed very quickly, and soon after we...

Why workplaces need to take a stand against domestic violence

Why workplaces need to take a stand against domestic violence

Recent research shows that between one in three and one in four women encounters domestic violence (DV) in their lives. The Australian culture and the media imply that this tragic trend is limited to low socio-economic groups and the unemployed. But this isn't a reflection of the truth. DV permeates the Australian population, regardless of income, profession, geographic location and ethnicity. In fact, between 1/2 and 3/4 of women who are currently enduring DV are currently in the workforce....

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