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Making a start

 

01

Display resources in your workplace. You can get posters and booklets free from the It’s not OK campaign website

 

02

Talk to your local family violence organisations.

Many areas also have a family violence network where a range of community and government agencies meet to coordinate their response to family violence. The network coordinator is a source of information, resources and contacts.

 

03

Discuss your plans with key stakeholders like your management

team, Board, influential staff, unions and possibly key suppliers and customers. Gauge their support and enlist their help. You might be able to create a network of people who will join in together to make things happen in your community.

 

04

Hold staff meetings and follow up with a newsletter to explain what

you’re doing and why. This can be helpful to get people in behind your efforts, and it creates opportunities for discussion

 

05

Develop a family violence in the workplace policy that is accessible.

Ensure that key trusted ‘go to’ people in the organization are trained.

 

06

Be ready for any immediate disclosures from people affected by family violence.

Make sure you have a list of local services that can provide help to your staff, so you know where to refer people. Keep all disclosures confidential. Think about the practical things that you can do straight away to help people experiencing violence, such as allow flexi-time, screen calls or emails, allow them to be located somewhere that’s not accessible to members of the public, alert security guards, or escort them to their car.