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Family and Domestic Violence Contact Officer Course

What is your workplace doing to address the essential issue of family and domestic violence?


Family and domestic violence (FDV) is a critical national health and welfare issue. It is also an often underappreciated workplace issue, with the Australian Human Rights Commission estimating that violence from an intimate partner affects one in six Australian female workers. Further, one in five women say the violence continues at work.

Alarmingly, recent research indicates that Google searches related to FDV have increased by 75% since the first recorded COVID-19 case in Australia, and Monash University research has indicated that the number of first-time family violence reports had gone up for 42% per cent of individuals surveyed since the COVID-19 pandemic commenced.

Now, more than ever, it is imperative that your workplaces understand the challenges that an employee’s exposure to FDV can present for them as an individual, as well as to the broader workforce, and to appreciate how to support employees experiencing FDV while also managing legal risk.


Our Point of Difference

  • Instructors who are qualified employment lawyers and allied health professionals with a specialty in workplace mental health.
  • Case studies from real life workplaces and case law.
  • Additional handouts and resources designed for workplaces to create your own family and domestic violence support program.


Key Learning Outcomes

Following the course, participants will have the skills and strategies to answer and implement for their workplace:

  • What is family and domestic violence (FDV)?
  • What are the minimum legal entitlements of employees experiencing FDV and the associated health and safety considerations?
  • How do privacy and confidentiality considerations apply to FDV?
  • What is considered best practice workplace policy and procedure in response to FDV?
  • What can workplaces do to support a team member who may be impacted, including those working from home?
  • What considerations should be made regarding discrimination risks which may apply to employees experiencing FDV?
  • How should a workplace respond to a perpetrator of FDV?
  • How can a workplaces demonstrate commitment to combating FDV and create a zero tolerance culture which expands beyond the workplace.
  • Review of case studies exploring practical strategies and processes to best manage specific scenarios relating to FDV.


Who is this course for?

Employers, People Managers, HR professionals, Injury Management, Health and Safety practitioners and those committed to combating the growing challenges posed by family and domestic violence.

Each participant who completes the course will receive:

  • FDV Contact Officer role overview and communication template.
  • Template FDV policy.
  • Team member support pack.
  • National directory of FDV support services.
  • Safety plan template.
  • Additional workplace resources to assist with building a FDV strategy and response.

* please note a minimum of 8 registrations is required for this course to proceed.



Georgie Chapman, Partner at HR Legal and Brianna Cattanach , Senior Occupational Therapist and Practice Leader at Gallagher Workplace Risk


Event Details

Location:            Online event

Date:                  Monday, 29 August 2022

Time:                 12:30pm – 4.30pm (AEST)

Cost:                  $420 per/person (plus GST)


Please note, event join links will be provided 24 hours prior to the scheduled session. We encourage you to include a placeholder in your calendar in the interim.

If you would like to organise a bespoke session direct to your workplace please reach out to Brianna.Cattanach@ajg.com.au

To view our complete events calendar please visit: https://www.workplacerisk.com.au/events/