This Workplace Implications of Domestic and Family Violence course helps you to raise the awareness of the topic, and help building confidence in dealing with the issue if it arises in the workplace.


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What You Need To Know About Domestic Violence In The Workplace


The Workplace Implications of Domestic Violence in the Workplace online training shows managers and employers how to build capacity to manage domestic and family violence when it spills over into the workplace and negatively impact employees. It also teaches how to confidently and compassionately deal with DV and family violence.


In 2018, Australia’s Fair Work Commission decided to include unpaid domestic, and family violence leave as an entitlement for people working under modern awards. This decision prompted the Federal Government to extend leave of this kind to all employees. The Government amended the Fair Work Act and included the leave as part of the National Employment Standards (NES).

Since then, the Fair Work Act is a strong motivation for Australian employers to consider how domestic and family violence spills into the workplace and negatively impact employees. It is no longer just a problem affecting people outside of work. Perpetrators can bring abusive and controlling behaviors to the workplace through harassing calls, emails, and turning up at the victim’s workplace.

Domestic and Family Violence is insidious and, when it makes its way into the workplace, brings with it decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, and presenteeism. It also puts a strain on the mental health of those involved. The cost of violence against women and their children in 2015-16 was $22 billion (KPMG Report – The Cost of Violence against Women and their Children in Australia, May 2016). And a 2011 study reported that Domestic and Family Violence affected the capacity to get to work of half of the victims. Financially, it makes sense to be able to identify and manage these issues.

In Australia, under workplace health and safety provisions, employers have a duty of care to employees. Organizations need to review how their policy and procedures handle Domestic and Family Violence and ensure staff train to deal with these sorts of situations.

To help organizations meet their obligations in this regard and to safeguard the mental health of their workforce, the Workplace Mental Health Institute has teamed up with James Judge, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra and Director of Australian Human Resource Professionals, and developed the Workplace Implications of Domestic Violence in the Workplace online training. With James Judge as your facilitator, we know you are in good hands and are learning from the best.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What you must know, as a manager, to be compliant with Australian workplace domestic and family violence law
  • What your responsibilities are under the law
  • How prevalent domestic and family violence are and who is impacted
  • Why people find it hard to come forward or speak up at work
  • Things you need to keep in mind when having this sensitive conversation
  • How to have a sensitive conversation, appropriate to the workplace
  • How to respond while staying within the limits of your role – the do’s and don’ts
  • What you need to know to ensure safety for everyone involved
With content specific to the Australian workplace context, this online training teaches what to say and do, to respond safely and appropriately to assist victims of domestic violence, without overstepping the bounds of their role.

Organizations like the University of New South Wales, Broadspectrum, WorkCover QLD, Defence Housing, University of New South Wales, MSS Security, Defence Health, and Tradies Clubs NSW, to name just a few, use our online courses, as part of their standard induction procedures, or as an ongoing part of their regular learning and development programs.

This online training course could be part of your strategy to ensure sure that managers are on the same page; they have ticked the box from a compliance standard; and that they are also communicating to their employees from Day One that this organization commits to a safe working culture.


This self-paced online course allows participants to access the training at a time suitable to them. Video modules of approximately 10 minutes each can be completed in one sitting or one at a time as desired. Participants complete short assessment quizzes at various points throughout the course, to test their knowledge and understanding.

On successful completion of the course assessment, you will receive a certificate of accreditation, which may be used for professional development requirements, with your professional body.

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Who The Course Is For:

  • People in leadership positions in Australian workplaces that carry the legal and financial risk of the company
  • Managers, supervisors and team leaders responsible for protecting the health of their teams
  • Anyone wanting a better understanding of the legal ramifications of Domestic Violence in the workplace.

Course Curriculum

  • Module 1: Introduction to Domestic and Family Violence
  • Module 2: What will We be Covering
  • Module 3: Why is this a Workplace Issue?
  • Module 4: What is Domestic and Family Violence?
  • Module 5: Prevalence and Some Statistics
  • Module 6: Men and Women’s Experience of Violence
  • Module 7: Barriers to Disclosure
  • Module 8: Having the Conversation
  • Module 9: Having the Conversation Continued…
  • Module 10: What is and isn’t Your Role?
  • Module 11: Thinking About Safety
  • Module 12: Support Services
  • Module 13: Summary of Key Learnings

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Group discounts apply.

Key individuals at your organization can be allocated ´Manager´ status to track the progress of each participant through the program.

Alternatively, this online course can also be provided to you in SCORM files to upload to your Learning Management System. Please CONTACT US for a quote.