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23 November 2018

White Ribbon Day: Family domestic violence fact sheet for small businesses released

In recognition of White Ribbon Day today, the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell has released a Fast Fact on domestic family violence for small businesses.

“Violence is a workplace health and safety issue if the perpetrator of the violence harasses and stalks their victim, putting the victim’s colleagues in danger,” Ms Carnell said.

“It is important that small business owners and employees understand domestic family violence, so they can provide colleagues with the support they need.

“If you think you don’t have time to develop a domestic violence policy for your workplace, remember it doesn’t need to be a 20-page document. It can be one or two pages that cover key actions you can take if you or a staff member is experiencing domestic and family violence.

“Our Fast Fact provides information on workplace behaviours that might signal an employee is being abused and what to do when they disclose abuse.

“We also have contact details of national and state-territory organisations that can provide further information and support.

“Family violence is not discriminatory; it can happen to anyone, so it’s important that small business owners understand their obligations and have a plan of action, whether the victim is a member of staff or themselves.”