Family violence prevention using workplaces as sites of intervention

Murray, S and Powell, A 2007, 'Family violence prevention using workplaces as sites of intervention', Research and Practice in Human Resource Management, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 62-74.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Family violence prevention using workplaces as sites of intervention
Author(s) Murray, S
Powell, A
Year 2007
Journal name Research and Practice in Human Resource Management
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 62
End page 74
Total pages 13
Publisher Curtin University of Technology
Abstract Family or domestic violence is a major social issue affecting many Australian women. Since the 1970s, women's refuges have led the movement to bring about change in relation to this form of violence against women and children, and more recently, Australian governments and other community sector agencies have worked towards providing both services to support victims and programmes to prevent violence occurring. In Australia, as is the case internationally, workplaces are now emerging as sites for intervention and prevention in relation to family violence. Indeed, organisations and managers are becoming increasingly aware of the impacts of family violence on workers and workplaces, as well as the potential benefits of developing strategies to appropriately respond. In this article three models of family violence intervention and prevention through workplaces are discussed. Case studies from organisations and community agencies are drawn upon to illustrate the employer led, partnerships and union based models. Some key issues to promote successful implementation are identified and the need for evaluation with a consideration of safety issues is highlighted. It is concluded that there is great scope for managers and the business sector generally, to actively support the prevention of family violence through Australian workplaces, with direct economic as well as broader social benefits.
Subject Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) domestic violence prevention
family violence prevention
ISSN 0218-5180
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