Employee wellbeing is of growing interest for HR and related professionals. Shine has presented on domestic violence from a wellbeing perspective at a number of forums.
In response to growing interest in this topic, Shine’s Holly Carrington has spoken about domestic violence from a wellbeing perspective in a number of forums in the last year, including:
- HRNZ webinar ‘Improve your workplace response to domestic violence‘
- The Industrial & Employment Relations Summit (with IAG)
- Wellbeing in the Workplace Conference (with The Trusts)
- Rāngai – The Wellbeing Collective (Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to find out more)
- The Wellness Champions Network
- NZ Private Surgical Hospital Association Conference
Holly is Shine’s DVFREE Advisor and has worked for Shine over the past two decades. Using her knowledge, experience, and stories from Shine clients over the years, Holly delivers presentations that bring the issue to life while providing practical advice for employers in how to create or improve their staff domestic violence programmes.
So how does domestic violence affect wellbeing in the workplace?
Domestic violence affects significant numbers of staff, and has a major impact on their health and wellbeing. It is commonly an underlying factor for depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues as well as physical injuries, disease and other chronic health conditions.
Beyond directly impacting staff, domestic violence also has a ripple effect in the workplace when others worry about a colleague, become unsafely involved, try to cover for their colleague, and so on. Employees can also worry or become unsafely involved when they know or suspect a colleague is perpetrating domestic violence.
Someone stalking a partner or ex-partner at their workplace endangers that employee and potentially also their colleagues.
In the most extreme situations, an employee may be killed by an intimate partner, ex-partner, or family member, leaving colleagues deeply affected and often traumatised. While this is not an everyday occurrence, it is one that leaves a deep scar on everyone that had a connection to the employee who was killed.