Employer guide to family and domestic violence

Our guide helps employers understand their responsibilities towards employees experiencing family and domestic violence. It also helps them develop a workplace response to managing family and domestic violence.

Family and domestic violence

Millions of Australians experience family or domestic violence every year. When a person is living with family and domestic violence, they often experience heightened financial stress, homelessness, isolation and vulnerability.

Knowledge, awareness and planning can help employers support their employees, meet their workplace obligations and protect their workplaces.

The guide outlines:

  • the role of the Fair Work Ombudsman and how we can help
  • a checklist for managing family and domestic violence issues in the workplace
  • what family and domestic violence is and how it affects workplaces
  • employers' legal obligations
  • a suggested approach to supporting employees and developing a workplace response to family and domestic violence
  • support and referral services.

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Have a workplace problem?

Problems can happen in any workplace. If you have a workplace problem, we have tools and information to help you resolve it.

Check out our Fixing a workplace problem section for practical information about:

  • working out if there is a problem
  • speaking with your employer or employee about fixing the problem
  • getting help from us if you can't fix the problem.

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