Employers and Managers

Organisations can be committed to providing a safe and supportive workplace, and supporting violence-free families.

This means making sure that your staff members who are experiencing family violence can ask for and receive confidential help and support, and have access to appropriate help.

Whether you are a manager or colleague it's important you respond appropriately to an employee experiencing or disclosing family violence, and that you are responsive to the needs of the staff member affected.

Lots of things can stop people from asking for help when they're in violent situations. These include:

  • their own experiences and perceptions
  • resources available to them
  • how others respond to the situation
  • fear of not being believed, losing their job or losing friends
  • believing the violence will get worse.

Information in the workplace can help increase people's understanding of family violence, making it OK for people to ask for and offer help, and provide support for those who are affected.

Colleagues of people experiencing family violence may want to help and not know how to. They may also:

  • feel resentful because they are carrying the workload for people who are away alot
  • not be aware of the abuse their colleague is experiencing and appear unsupportive
  • be worried about safety for their colleague/friend and themselves.

You could start by something as simple as displaying posters or making booklets or information available to staff with the message that family violence is not OK and that support is available.

In the workplace, you can:

  • get your organisation involved in supporting local community efforts
  • provide staff with information and training
  • develop workplace policies and procedures
  • identify and support workplace champions
  • hold workplace events to get people talking about the issue.

It makes good business sense. What an organisation does for its staff, their families and their wider community, can impact on business performance and staff morale. People like to work for an organisation that shows it cares about them.

Workplaces can be pro-active in working with staff and unions to develop responses to family violence and policies to support staff affected by violence. The Public Service Association (PSA) is working with some public sector employers to include family violence clauses in collective contracts.

The campaign has developed an online toolkit Good for Staff Good for Business [PDF 767 KB] to help managers and employers take steps to prevent and respond to family violence.

North Harbour Business Association website also has videos and resources available.

Resources and links

Business toolkit

Business posters

Business leaflet

Workplace Safety Plan

Messages about FV

Download the Supporting Staff Booklet [PDF 535 KB]

Shine's Online Learning Module for Staff

Videos and resources on North Harbour Business Association website

Family Violence Toolkit 

The PSA report Productivity Gains from Workplace Protection of Victims of Domestic Violence

It's not OK Business Engagement and Action, Its Not OK Business and Action [PDF 292 KB]Unravel Research, June 2009

Example of training available for workplace champions and contact people around bullying,  harassment and domestic violence. Women's Refuge may also assist with training.

Why Kiwi businesses should have a family violence policy - Countdown (VIDEO)