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One in five women experience harassment in the workplace and family violence can spill into the workplace.

November 25 is the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day.

One in three women experience physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone they know, one in five women experience harassment in the workplace and 94 per cent of employees agree that employers should take a leadership role in educating their workplace about respectful relationships between men and women, according to a White Ribbon Australia media statement.

In a Victorian survey, 48 per cent of respondents who had experienced domestic violence disclosed it to a manager or supervisor, but only 10 per cent found their response helpful, said White Ribbon.

As disclosure is often traumatic for victims of violence as well as stressful for supervisors receiving the disclosure, training and support is critical, White Ribbon adds.

This week White Ribbon Australia accredited 14 workplaces for taking steps to prevent and respond to men’s violence against women.

Meanwhile, on November 19, the Sparke Helmore Lawyers sponsored film Iceberg, a documentary about family violence, will be launched at the Dendy Opera Quays in Sydney.

Sparke Helmore Lawyers is sponsoring the film as part of its Six Degrees initiative and is hosting the premiere, as it believes the film is an important tool for organisations as well as schools to use.

“Domestic or family violence is not just a private or personal issue. One in six female workers in Australia experience family or domestic violence and it’s important for those people to understand that they are not alone,” says Kristina Miller, Patron of Six Degrees and Sparke Helmore Partner.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call
1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732. In an emergency, call 000.

For men seeking pathways to stop using violent and controlling behaviour contact the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or visit

For more detail, visit White Ribbon and Sparke Helmore Lawyers

Published on 19 November 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter – available free every fortnight direct to your email.  Subscribe online today.


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