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CBA and Our Watch provide free domestic and family violence workplace resources

July 7, 2020 / Our Watch media team

Employers, employees and people managers across the country will be able to access a range of tools and resources to support employees experiencing domestic and family violence.

Commonwealth Bank has partnered with Our Watch, a national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia, to provide employers across the country with access to free online resources to help support employees experiencing domestic and family violence.

The ‘workplace support site’ includes an informative series of videos and links to help organisations better understand the issue domestic and family violence, the devastating impact it can have on the community and how to address it in the workplace.

Employers will have access to a suite of video resources designed to inform and educate employers, employees and people managers on the broader issue of domestic and family violence. This includes highlighting why domestic and family violence is a workplace issue, the role of the workplace in supporting employees, what people managers can do and workplace strategies to address this important issue, to name a few.

Commonwealth Bank worked with number of organisations in the domestic and family violence sector including Domestic Violence NSW, No to Violence, UNSW Gendered Violence Network, WIRE and Australia’s CEO Challenge to inform and produce this content.

Sian Lewis, CBA’s Group Executive of Human Resources, said: “It’s an unfortunate reality that the issue domestic and family violence is a prevalent community issue in Australia, which is particularly troubling in times of crisis like the current coronavirus situation. As one of Australia’s largest employers, we know how important it is to provide the right support for employees who are experiencing a domestic and family violence situation.

“That’s why we have worked with Our Watch, and other key domestic and family violence sector partners, to produce an online resource hub where any organisation can access free tools and resources to help them navigate this difficult issue in the workplace. We hope this online hub will help other organisations develop and improve their understanding of the issue, and how they might address it in the workplace,” said Ms Lewis.

Patty Kinnersly, Our Watch CEO, said: “Workplaces have a significant influence over people’s professional and personal lives, and within society more broadly. Research tells us that by increasing gender equality in public and private life – including workplaces, we can reduce violence against women.

“This new website is an important contribution to support organisations to take an active role in addressing violence against women. These videos can help workplaces and their staff understand how to respond to and prevent family and intimate partner violence and ultimately, contribute to creating a more respectful and equal workplace.”

To visit the workplace support site, please click here: workplacesupport.org.au


Media contact

Shannon McKeogh, Senior Media and Communications Advisor (shannon.mckeogh@ourwatch.org.au or 0412 612 039 or media@ourwatch.org.au)

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About Our Watch

Our Watch is a national leader in Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women and children.