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Further family violence laws enacted
26-Aug-2019
The Domestic Violence Victims Protection Act came into force on April 1st this year, and was specific to employment entitlements for victims. Our DVFREE Guidelines - updated in January this year - make clear how our recommendations fit with the new legal obligations for employers.
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Businesses urged to add domestic violence leave to their policies
20-Aug-2019
Less than a third of small and medium sized businesses have implemented plans for domestic violence leave despite the law changing almost five months ago.
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The Trusts Awarded the DVFREE Tick
26-Jul-2019
The Trusts West Auckland is the first hospitality organisation and the eighth organisation in the country to receive the DVFREE Tick.
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Workshops shine spotlight on family violence
23-Jul-2019
Two workshops focusing on domestic violence will be held in Dannevirke in late August, organised by Tararua REAP and delivered by Pip Ross from Shine.
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Human Rights Commission and Social Investment Agency awarded DVFREE Tick
17-Jun-2019
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Social Investment Agency (SIA) were both awarded the DVFREE Tick this week.
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A Letter to IAG
30-May-2019
In Stuff today: ‘After she found out her employer IAG was taking meaningful steps to create a domestic violence free workplace with charity Shine, one woman decided to tell them how much that meant to her. This is the letter she wrote to the company's bosses.
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IAG first insurer to get DVFREE Tick
30-May-2019
IAG is the fifth employer, and first insurer, to be awarded the DVFREE Tick by Shine.
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Lessons from The Homicide Report
29-May-2019
The Homicide Report is an interactive database of 1068 men, women, and children murdered in New Zealand between January 2004 to March 31, 2019, put together by investigative reporters at Stuff.
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Beating domestic violence by making it a workplace issue
21-May-2019
In the first 12 minutes of this Two Cents’ Worth podcast, Radio NZ interviews Shine’s DVFREE Advisor Holly Carrington, domestic violence survivor ‘Danielle’, and Janet Fanslow from the NZ Family Violence Clearinghouse, about how and why domestic violence is a workplace issue and what employers should be doing to tackle the issue.
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Non-violence programmes not just for ‘violent’ men: one man’s message
03-May-2019
Following is a social media post written by a young man who participated in Shine’s No Excuses non-violence programme, and is shared with his permission. We hope that sharing this post will help more people seek help for their problem behaviours in relationships.
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Say it with a story – ideas to raise awareness
03-May-2019
Looking for ways to raise awareness about domestic violence in your workplace beyond using Shine’s free online learning module? Stories can be an excellent way to engage and educate staff, and there are stories you can share from the Shine or DVFREE websites and Shine’s youtube channel.
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Holly Carrington on The AM Show: Domestic violence leave no problem, employers say
03-Apr-2019
Holly Carrington of domestic violence charity Shine says employers who already offer staff domestic violence leave haven't had any trouble.
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Holly Carrington in The Spinoff and Stuff: Don’t be the employer that asks for proof of domestic violence
02-Apr-2019
Domestic violence is often invisible in the workplace until victims feel reassured that it is safe—and worthwhile—to disclose. So it’s easy for employers to believe it doesn’t happen ‘in my business’ or ‘in this sector’.
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Pip Ross on The Project: Victims of domestic violence now entitled to 10 days paid leave
01-Apr-2019
Sixty percent of victims of family violence had fulltime jobs when their abusive relationship began.
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Employers and the Domestic Violence Victim's Protection Act
28-Mar-2019
Is your workplace ready for the Domestic Violence Victims Protection Act to go live this Monday April 1st? Shine's Holly Carrington spoke on Nine to Noon this morning about what employers can and should be doing to support staff who experience domestic violence.
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Message for NZ Employers on International Woman’s Day
08-Mar-2019
To mark International Women's Day, Shine's Holly Carrington (centre) joined with (L to R) Iain Lees-Galloway MP, Under-Secretary of Family and Sexual Violence Jan Logie MP , Kiri Hannifin from Countdown, Gina McJorrow from ANZ, New Zealand Human Rights Commission Acting Chief Executive Pele Walker, and Susan Barker from Women's Refuge - to encourage businesses to prepare for the Domestic Violence Victims' Protection Act taking effect on 1st April.
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Stuff gets the DVFREE Tick
04-Mar-2019
During Shine’s Light It Orange campaign week (March 3-9), Stuff became the first media company to get a DVFREE Tick from Shine.
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Businesses urged to prepare for domestic violence leave
28-Feb-2019
From 1st April, employees will be entitled to 10 days annual domestic violence leave.
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First Responder Training Now Open to Individuals
01-Feb-2019
From March, we will begin running regular First Responder trainings in Auckland and Wellington that individuals can register to attend.
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DVFREE Guidelines on Policy & Procedures - now FREE!
01-Feb-2019
DVFREE Guidelines on Policy & Procedures are now FREE
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Parliamentary Service awarded DVFREE Tick
23-Nov-2018
The Parliamentary Service provides administrative and support services to members of Parliament and the House of Representatives. The Service is the largest agency on the parliamentary precinct employing more than 700 staff, including 247 people who are based in out-of-Parliament offices around the country.
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I wasn’t bleeding, but I was broken
23-Nov-2018
I explain domestic abuse to people as a storm. When you’re out at sea in a storm and you can’t see your hand in front of your face, all you can focus on is surviving the next wave – a wave you may or may not be able to see.
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Health & Safety - Domestic Violence: the cost of doing nothing
17-Oct-2018
The cost of doing nothing is more than lost productivity – it is also the human toll of fear, anxiety, injury and sometimes death. And employers can make all the difference, with some expert help.
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Ex-partner charged with murder after woman stabbed outside her workplace
20-Sep-2018
“A 52-year-old man has been charged with murder after allegedly stabbing his ex-partner outside her workplace in Christchurch. Stuff understands the woman had just left her workplace and was with her partner when the couple were stabbed by her ex-partner. The woman died of her wounds, and the two men were critically injured.”
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DVFREE™ Helping to improve the workplace response to domestic violence
31-Aug-2018
In the August FYI Magazine for Auckland’s North Shore business community, this article talks about Shine and our DVFREE workplace programme.
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Domestic violence victims able to take a new form of leave
26-Jul-2018
The Domestic Violence Victims Protection Act passed today and will come into effect in April 2019.
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Justice Committee reports on domestic violence workplace protections bill
17-May-2018
The Domestic Violence—Victims' Protection Bill is Jan Logie MP's member's bill on domestic violence workplace protections. The Bill introduced in 2016 and referred to the Justice Committee in 2017. The bill would enhance specific workplace protections for victims of domestic violence by amending five Acts.
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Why EAP is not the answer to domestic violence in the workplace
20-Apr-2018
Sara agreed to go to EAP to make her boss happy, but never went to see an EAP counsellor because, “I was not the one with the problem, he was. I just didn’t know how to get out of the relationship safely and EAP wasn’t going to help with that.”
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Ministry of Justice first public sector employer with the DVFREE Tick
19-Apr-2018
Congrats to the Ministry of Justice for being the second organisation and the first public sector employer to receive Shine's DVFREE Tick for their domestic violence staff programme.
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Fonterra launches family violence support scheme
27-Nov-2017
Shine’s Holly Carrington says, “With Fonterra’s size and reach, our DVFREE programme for business has the potential to directly help thousands of Kiwis – and their children – to have safer and better lives.
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Violent boyfriend cost Auckland woman three jobs in a year
03-Oct-2017
'..Rebecca and those like her get punished for their partners' behaviour — unfairly. Shine aims to help bosses and colleagues notice and help domestic abuse victims, through a new programme called the DVFree Tick
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David McLean: NZ workplaces can do more to address family violence & NZHerald Focus video interview with Shine’s Holly Carrington about the DVFREE Tick
03-Oct-2017
Westpac now formally recognised as New Zealand's first Domestic Violence Free (DVFREE) employer with the DVFREE Tick
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Westpac leads way on family violence
03-Oct-2017
Westpac is the first organisation to earn a DVFREE Tick - an accreditation that recognises the bank's comprehensive domestic violence programme
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Westpac in NZ CSR top 3 with focus on gender equality
27-Jun-2017
Westpac was one of three winners of this year’s New Zealand Corporate Social Responsibility Awards, and was particularly strong in the area of gender equality.
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This bill aims to make work a safe place for victims of domestic violence
23-Jun-2017
“This is an important bill and will be very helpful for the small number of victims who do need to take advantage of that leave provision.”
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Why is it Important to have a Family Violence Policy?
27-Apr-2017
Recently, the NZ Human Rights Commission produced a series on this topic.
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Domestic Violence Costs Employers $368 Million a Year
27-Apr-2017
Did you know domestic violence costs employers $368 million annually due to lost productivity?