ACTPS Domestic & Family Violence Toolkit


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The ACT Public Service (ACTPS) recognises that workplaces have an important role to play in preventing and responding to domestic and family violence in our communities.

The ACTPS Domestic and Family Violence Toolkit provides a range of guidance materials, for employees and managers, to support employees who are experiencing Domestic and Family Violence.

The Toolkit was originally released in 2017. Since then, the Office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety led the co-design of the Family Safety Hub. Through that process, we learnt that people experiencing Domestic and Family Violence disclose to people they trust, who are often outside the specialist service system, and that many people are afraid of the consequences of seeking help and need anonymous ways to get information to help them find safety. In 2018, the Toolkit was updated to reflect these learnings.

The three principles that underpin the ACTPS response to employees who have experienced or are experiencing domestic and family violence are – support, confidentiality and safety.

1: Support
The ACTPS will support employees experiencing domestic and family violence by providing paid leave and a range of flexible workplace arrangements.

2: Confidentiality
The ACTPS understands how difficult it can be for people to disclose that they are experiencing domestic and family violence. As such, any disclosure by an employee will be treated with the highest possible level of confidentiality.

3: Safety
The ACTPS is committed to promoting, achieving and maintaining the highest levels of health and safety for all employees. Where there is a real or perceived possibility of a safety threat at an ACTPS employee’s place of work, appropriate steps will be taken to ensure the safety of the affected employee and their colleagues.

In 2019, staff training is understanding, identifying and responding to Domestic and Family Violence will be available to all ACTPS employees, and managers training will also be available.

You can access the Toolkit materials, below.

  • Whole-of-Government message
  • ACTPS Domestic and Family Violence Policy
  • Leave for domestic and family violence purposes
  • Guide to responding to domestic and family violence
  • Where to get help
  • Information and Awareness Module

To provide feedback on the ACTPS Domestic and Family Violence Toolkit, email saferfamilies@act.gov.au.

WhOG Message

The ACT Public Service (ACTPS) recognises that workplaces have an important role in preventing and responding to domestic and family violence in our communities. Indeed, employers have a legal responsibility to create safe work environments. But beyond this, workplaces significantly influence our attitudes, beliefs and behaviours in both our personal and professional lives.

To reduce violence, workplace cultures need to reject sexism and discriminatory attitudes, confront organisational practices that devalue, exclude or marginalise women and support increasing the number of female leaders.

The role of violence in our society is a complicated one, we know that while men overall experience more violence than women, men also use most of the violence. What is clear is both men and women have an enormous amount to gain from reducing violence in our community.

Women’s experiences of violence, even if occurring in the home, impact on the workplace. By implementing programs and policies to prevent violence against women, workplaces stand to benefit through increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, decreased staff turnover and improved staff health and wellbeing. According to estimates, Australian employers are losing $1.3 billion annually as a result of violence against women.

The ACTPS Domestic and Family Violence Toolkit provides a range of guidance materials, for employees and managers, to support employees who are experiencing domestic and family violence.

The Toolkit was originally released in 2017. Since then we know more and much has changed including the Office of the Coordinator-General for Family Safety led the co-design of the Family Safety Hub. Through that process, we learnt that people experiencing domestic and family violence disclose to people they trust, who are often outside the specialist service system, and that many people are afraid of the consequences of seeking help and need anonymous ways to get information to help them find safety. In 2018, the Toolkit was updated to reflect these learnings.

In 2019, staff training in understanding, identifying and responding to DFV will be available to all ACTPS employees, and managers training will also be available.

The Toolkit materials listed below are available on the Safer Families website:

  • Whole-of-Government message
  • ACTPS Domestic and Family Violence Policy
  • Leave for domestic and family violence purposes
  • Guide to responding to domestic and family violence
  • Where to get help

Jo Wood
Coordinator General, Family Safety
Community Services Directorate

Meredith Whitten
Deputy Director-General Workforce Capability and Governance
Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate

10 December 2018

Expected Behaviours

Domestic and Family Violence PolicyACT Public Service Domestic and Famil Violence Policy

The policy statement provides high level principles and expected behaviours of ACTPS employees.

Domestic and Family Violence Policy [PDF 185KB]

Domestic and Family Violence Policy [Word 104KB]

Leave Advice

Leave for Domestic and Family Violence Purposes Advice

The advice is designed for delegates and HR corporate areas to clarify key processes supporting applications for Leave for Domestic and Family Violence Purposes.ACT Public Service Domestic and Family Violence Policy

Leave for Domestic and Family Violence Purposes Advice [PDF 134KB]

Leave for Domestic and Family Violence Purposes Advice [Word 133KB]

How to Respond

Guide to Responding to Disclosures of Domestic and Family ViolenceACT Public Service Domestic and Family Violence Policy

The guide sets out what to do and how to respond when an incidence of domestic and family violence is disclosed in an ACTPS workplace including guidance on resources available to ACTPS employees affected by domestic and family violence.

Guide to Responding to Disclosures of Domestic and Family Violence [PDF 155KB]

Guide to Responding to Disclosures of Domestic and Family Violence [Word 85KB]

Getting Help

Domestic and Family Violence: Where to get Help GuideACT Public Service Domestic and Family Violence Policy

This guide is a single page resource for affected employees who don’t want to disclose in the workplace but are looking for professional help.

Domestic and Family Violence: Where to get Help Guide [PDF 125KB]

Domestic and Family Violence: Where to get Help Guide [Word 86KB]

Awareness Module

Information and Awareness ModuleThe ACT Public Service Family Violence Toolkit

This brief PowerPoint presentation provides a simple overview of the Toolkit to raise awareness of the support that the ACTPS can provide to affected employees and promote the Toolkit and its purpose. In 2019, online training in understanding, identifying and responding to Domestic and Family Violence will be available to all ACTPS employees. This presentation will be updated early in 2019 with the new module for this training.

Information and Awareness Module [PPT 77KB]

Information and Awareness Module [PDF 626KB]