Someone experiencing family violence

If you are experiencing family violence you have a right to seek support.

Work may be where you feel safe and respected. You may think that what is happening at home has no impact on your performance or safety but family violence can impact on you at work in the following ways:

  • being prevented or delayed from getting to work
  • being harassed or intimidated at work
  • distressed or crying at work
  • struggling to manage your workload and deadlines
  • covering up what is happening
  • needing to take time off

Family violence can be stressful, upsetting and distracting. It can make it hard to perform your duties and can also be a workplace safety risk.    

Talk to someone you trust – a friend, family member, workmate, neighbour or doctor. If you belong to a union, your union delegate may be able to assist.

Your workplace may have policies about family violence that will help you take time off work for appointments such as with a lawyer or court hearing. They might have a free and confidential employee assistance programme (EAP) that you could access.

If you are worried that your abuser may turn up at your workplace or try to contact you there, you could talk to people at work about a safety plan, for example, being accompanied to your car, or calling the Police on 111 in an emergency.

If you don’t want to ask your employer directly about how your workplace can help, consider asking a trusted workmate or union delegate to find out for you.

You could phone the It’s not OK information line on 0800 456 450 for information about support services in your area. The information line is open from 9am to 11pm.

Our campaign champion Jude Simpson is available for you to ask (non-crisis) questions via this website if you wish.

Resources and links

I need help (section on this site)

Are you OK booklet

Personal Safety Plan

Workplace Safety Plan

It is OK to ask for help (English version - other languages available)

Download the Supporting Staff Booklet [PDF 535 KB]

Positive Relationship quiz

Warning signs

Family Services Directory