Awareness Raising Stories and Videos

Stories can be an excellent way to engage and educate staff, and there are stories you can share from our DVFREE and Shine websites, and from Shine’s youtube channel. You are welcome to use our stories as long as Shine is acknowledged as the source. On our DVFREE website, you can find stories about real peoples’ experiences of domestic violence and either helpful or unhelpful responses from their employer. Scroll down to the orange section on this page:

These are some short videos of actors portraying Shine clients as well as a Shine staff and a volunteer advocate on youtube. The first one below may be particularly helpful for letting your staff know more about what they can expect if they ring Shine’s Helpline: 

These are more in-depth written stories on Shine’s website about adult and children who’ve experience family violence and been helped by Shine:

You may want to keep an eye on Shine’s Facebook page as we share stories from time to time on the page.

Talking about Family Violence video resources from Ministry of Justice (originally from the It's Not OK campaign)

The Ministry of Justice has recently refreshed and updated these video resources that were originally produced by the It's Not OK campaign, and these videos are now more easily accessible on youtube. The videos feature women and men who have experienced and perpetrated domestic violence, with videos on topics including Effects of Abuse, What Helped, Leaving Family Violence Behind, and Protection Orders. Find the playlist of these videos here

Sharing stories of your own people

It can be very powerful to share stories of your own employees if there are people willing to share their own story to help others understand the issue better. However, there are important privacy and safety issues to consider. We recommend:

  • Ask if their story can be shared without using their name or identifying them in any way, and make sure they know there is no pressure on them to share their story and they can say no and no explanation is necessary
  • Before asking them, you may want to consider having a policy or stance that your organisation will only share stories about employees' experience of domestic violence anonymously. If the employee wants to share their story using their name, it is important to consider whether this poses any risk to the employee’s safety, as it then is also a risk for your organization. Shine’s policy is to share client stories anonymously unless the client wants to be named and we are convinced there is absolutely no risk to the client, their children or anyone else of going public – e.g. their abuser is living overseas, is in prison or has passed away.
  • If they say yes, change their name and enough detail in the story so that someone who knows them would not know it was about that person, e.g. their ethnicity, age, or both, ages, and genders of their children, etc. Let the employee read the edited version of the story and have control over how their details are changed and whether the changes are sufficient for anonymity.

A good example of this is in this opinion editorial written by Ali Mau that includes the story of a Stuff employee.

Finally, if the story you share describes physical violence or a traumatic event, it is always a good idea to include a ‘trigger warning’ at the beginning of the story that warns readers about the content. This is especially helpful for people recovering from their own experiences of trauma who want to avoid being triggered.