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How employers can make the workplace a safe space for victims of domestic abuse

Addressing domestic violence as an employer isn’t about taking on the role of a counsellor or support worker, but involves staff training, awareness-raising, policy development and integration

Employers can create a safe, supportive environment for domestic violence victims to disclose what they’re experiencing by reducing the stigma surrounding the issue and offering targeted support. Picture: Getty

Hannah Wayte is the employer engagement project lead trainer at Women’s Aid. For more information on the Women’s Aid employer response to domestic abuse training package, contact Women’s Aid national freephone helpline: 1800 341 900. Men’s Development Network freephone male advice line: 1800 816 588.

Domestic violence and abuse is a workplace issue. That might seem like an odd thing to say about something defined by its very terminology as belonging to the home, ...