We have renamed our Gendered Violence & Work program the Gendered Violence & Organisations stream. We have expanded our services and now translate research about gendered violence into advisory and training services for organisations and employers wanting to address the effects of domestic, family and sexual violence for their key stakeholders including employees, boards, students, volunteers and customers.
We developed and delivered advisory and training services addressing organisational responses to both domestic and family violence, and sexual assault and harassment to organisations. These included corporations, government agencies, businesses, tertiary education institutions including residential colleges and not-for-profit organisations.
We launched the Gendered Violence & Work program as part of UNSW’s Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) with expanded advisory and training services for employers who want to address the effects of domestic, family and sexual violence on their employees and organisations.
We partnered with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, along with the Business Coalition For Women and Pacific Adventist University in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to address the effects of family and sexual violence (FSV) on the workplace in PNG.
This includes the development of culturally-appropriate, gender-sensitive and gender-equitable strategies for businesses. In 2014, we created PNG’s first ‘Model Policy on Family and Sexual Violence’ based on international good practice and participatory research in PNG. The current phase involves implementation support for local employers through research, training and advisory services, as well as building the capacity of local trainers.
We undertook pilot research with survivors of sexual violence in the Northern Territory, Australia to establish the effects of sexual violence on employees and their organisations.
We successfully advocated for changes to Australia’s Fair Work Act (2013) to provide all employees in the federal jurisdiction the right to request a change in work arrangements if they are: experiencing violence from a family member; or they need to provide care and support to a member of their immediate family/household as a result of domestic and family violence.
We developed pioneering research, advisory and training services to help employers implement domestic and family violence supports for their employees and successfully advocated for the uptake of domestic and family violence provisions.
This was previously known as the ‘Safe at Home, Safe at Work’ program funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and included research in the education and health sectors to establish the effects of domestic and family violence on employees and their organisations. The methodology and findings have since inspired similar research projects in Canada, New Zealand and the U.K.
Currently around 1.6 million Australian employees are covered by domestic and family violence clauses in their Enterprise Bargaining Agreements or Awards. The Northern Territory Government also has workplace supports to employees affected by sexual violence.
W reviewed literature examining the links between gendered violence and work as part of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse publication series.