DVFREE Guidelines for Policy & Procedures

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To help employers make the workplace safe and supportive for employees experiencing domestic violence, while complying with the Domestic Violence Victims Protection Act 2018.

These Guidelines will help employers to achieve a best practice workplace response to domestic violence, while complying with requirements of the Domestic Violence Victims Protection Act 2018. The Guidelines provide detailed guidance, with background information and specific suggestions, to help employers:

  • make the workplace safe and supportive for employees experiencing domestic violence
  • know how to manage staff who perpetrate domestic violence
  • raise awareness so all staff know what to do if someone they know is experiencing or perpetrating domestic violence

The Guidelines ‘essential’ recommendations form the basis of the criteria for the DVFREE Tick employer accreditation.

Contents include:

  • Policy purpose
  • Principle of non-discrimination
  • Defining the problem
  • Awareness raising for all staff
  • Help-seeking pathway and 'First Responders'
  • Workplace safety planning
  • Domestic violence leave and recording such leave
  • Flexible working conditions
  • No proof requirements for leave or flexible working conditions
  • Appropriate role of EAP
  • Performance and discipline issues
  • Consequences for staff who perpetrate domestic violence
  • Support for staff who perpetrate domestic violence to change
  • Response to workplace incidents of domestic violence
  • Domestic violence training
  • Confidentiality, information sharing and storage
  • Data-gathering
  • Avoiding use of stigmatising language
  • Shine Helpline resources

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