Research & Publications

The following resources have been made publicly available to share law reform submissions, good practice models and research findings related to domestic, family and sexual violence and work. They were prepared by the Gendered Violence Research Network or its predecessor, the Centre of Gender-Related Violence Studies, which housed the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse. These resources are archival and are not intended to cover all current knowledge on gendered violence and work

Research

Domestic & Family Violence Clauses in your Workplace – Implementation and good practice (PDF) [595 Kb]

This twelve-month (2012-2013) monitoring study was undertaken by the Social Policy Research Centre and the Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies at UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales) with a number of large workplaces which had enterprise agreements that included a domestic violence clause. The monitoring process reinforced that the essential elements for a successful implementation of domestic violence clauses are ongoing monitoring and research, awareness and information strategies, the guarantee of confidentiality, and training.


Report on a scoping study into the effects of sexual violence on employees and the workplace (PDF) [1 Mb]

This scoping study was conducted in Darwin, Australia during 2013 in partnership with the Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre Against Rape and the Northern Territory Working Women’s Centre. It involved 13 in-depth interviews with survivors of sexual violence. The research highlights how the often devastating impact of sexual assault and child sex abuse can also affect employees and the workplace, whether or not the violence takes place at work, and recommends how employers can provide support for survivors.


Key Findings - National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey 2011 (PDF) [1 Mb]

Between February and July 2011, the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse at the University of New South Wales and Micromex Research conducted a national online domestic violence and the workplace survey. The survey was completed by over 3,600 union members. These are the key findings from the research.


Full Report - National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey 2011 (PDF) [6 Mb]

Between February and July 2011, the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse at UNSW Australia (The University of New South Wales) and Micromex Research conducted a national online domestic violence and the workplace survey. The survey was completed by over 3,600 union members. This is the full report of the research.

Submissions

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment & Workplace Relations Inquiry into the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2013 (PDF) [385 Kb]

This Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse submission on the Fair Work Act Amendment Bill 2013 to the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations recommends further changes to the Fair Work Act to protect and support employees who are victims of domestic and family violence. This resource is archival and represents a response to the Fair Work Act as it existed in 2013.


Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee - Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 (PDF) [664 Kb]

This Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse submission on anti-discrimination laws to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee provides evidence of need to include domestic and family violence as a protected attribute under anti-discrimination laws. This resource is archival and represents a response to anti-discrimination laws as they existed in 2012.


Submission - Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012 (PDF) [337 Kb]

This Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse submission responds to the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Amendment Bill 2012 and recommends that specific benchmarks on domestic and family violence workplace rights and entitlements be set and monitored by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.


Submission to Consolidation of Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws Discussion Paper - Improving Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence (PDF) [450 Kb]

This Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse submission responds to the Consolidation of Commonwealth Anti-Discrimination Laws Discussion Paper and strongly recommends that an express protection for victims of domestic and family violence is included in the consolidated Act. This resource is archival and represents a response to the anti-discrimination laws as they existed in 2012.


Submission to the Fair Work Act Review Background Paper (PDF) [336 Kb]

This Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse submission responds to the terms of reference for the Fair Work Act Review and provides evidence that there is a pressing need to amend the Fair Work legislation to provide a balanced framework that will assist employers and employees to cooperatively address the impact of domestic and family violence in the workplace. This resource is archival and represents a response to the Fair Work Act as it existed in 2012.


Submission in Response to the ALRC Discussion Paper on Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws – Part E (Employment) (PDF) [524 Kb]

This Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse submission responds to Part E of the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Discussion Paper on Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws. This response focuses on domestic and family violence and Commonwealth laws, particularly as they pertain to employment. This resource is archival and represents a response to Commonwealth laws as they existed in 2011.


Submission in Response to the ALRC Issues Paper on Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws – Employment and Superannuation (PDF) [563 Kb]

This Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse submission responds to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s Discussion Paper on Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws – Employment and Superannuation. The submission provides evidence of the need to improve the legal and administrative response to victims of domestic and family violence in the area of employment and superannuation.