Your Workplace Partner
Our vision is to create a world without domestic and family violence.
Partnering with Australian businesses since 2001, our proven Workplace Prevention Program empowers businesses to be part of the solution. We help develop workplace policy and educate mangers and staff to recognise the signs and respond appropriately. We work with workplaces to raise awareness about this critical safety issue, provide opportunities to directly support frontline services, and encourage participation in community activities demonstrating to employees and customers your company values.
Our response to the Coronavirus
Together, we are all experiencing the wide-spread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic - personally and professionally.
We want to acknowledge the various challenges for anyone who has been impacted by this virus, directly or indirectly. Our thoughts are also with members of our community who are vulnerable or disadvantaged, doing their best to navigate through what is absolutely an alarming situation. We encourage everyone to choose kindness and compassion during this time of uncertainty.
Increased risk of domestic and family violence
Now more than ever, our families are experiencing chronic stress and facing pressure in everyday life. This, combined with home isolation, increases the risk of Family Violence.
Given the potential economic impacts of COVID-19, it is important to note also that unemployment is a red flag for increases in domestic and family violence.
Recently in China during quarantine periods and lock down, frighteningly, they saw a doubling of DFV incidents.
If you, or someone you know needs support please contact 1800RESPECT - 1800 737 732
For urgent assistance contact 000
Physical and mental health
It has been reported that COVID-19 is a virus that can affect your physical health, like the flu.
Home isolation, quarantine periods and/or the spread of COVID-19 can be stressful and may affect your mental health. There is a range of support services available to you and your family members in our community, including talking to a counsellor or other mental health professional. Please reach out for help if you are experiencing feelings of distress, hopelessness, anxiety or concern.
Lifeline - 13 11 14
Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636
Kids Helpline Official - 1800 551 800
Stay safe and well –
Team at ACEOC
Our partnerships provide much needed support to DFV refuges, outreach services and men’s behaviour change programs through donations, in-kind support and volunteer opportunities. Australia's CEO Challenge draws on their expertise and relationships to facilitate safe, meaningful and rewarding partnerships to all involved.
What Can Workplaces Do To Support Employees Affected by Domestic and Family Violence?
Workplaces play an important role in supporting those affected by DFV and helping spread awareness of DFV. Employers can encourage a safe and supportive environment that will benefit everyone. There are some major advantages for employers who provide a safe workplace, these include higher retention rates, increased staff morale, and improved health and wellbeing. There are many actions that an employer can take to ensure that the workplace is safe and supportive.
It is important that employers start a conversation with their employees about domestic and family violence. They need to make it clear that:
- domestic and family violence will affect the workplace
- that those who are experiencing DFV are not alone
- all employees should feel confident that they can tell their employer that they are experiencing DFV at home without fearing for their employment
- Bystanders should stand up for and help those who are victims of DFV
It is important to develop a policy to support women and men who may be experiencing domestic and family violence. These policies should include developing a safe workplace, that is free from harassment and bullying, which also deals with employees who perpetrate violence in the workplace.
Employers should ensure that these policies and procedures are well known by staff and that employees are encouraged to use the policies.
Begin training your staff on how to recognise, approach and assist their colleagues if they are a victim of DFV. This should also include ways in which they can support victims to make the workplace a safe space for them. Training should also be provided around workplace policy, ensuring that the workplace is a safe space for survivors as well.
Workplace Training by ACEOC
Australia’s CEO Challenge is excited to be engaging in workplace giving via the Good Company.
Workplace giving enables you to set up regular payroll giving or you can give a one-off donation. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible and you will be sent a receipt for tax purposes. You also have the opportunity to gift someone a donation to ACEOC. You can remain anonymous or leave your details so we can thank you and acknowledge your generous gift. All donations will support us in continuing our work to make a difference towards ending domestic and family violence within our workplaces and communities.
If you or your workplace would like to support us to continue the work we do, please click on the button below.
Darkness to Daylight Challenge
Darkness to Daylight is a symbolic 110km run with each kilometer representing the lives lost on average to domestic and family violence (DFV) each year across Australia. Participants can run the 110km individually or as part of a team. Alternatively, they can run or walk the final 10km or 3km. Australia’s CEO Challenge (ACEOC) aims to bring DFV out of the darkness and into the daylight through this community event.
Money raised during the event supports ACEOC in continuing their work to raise awareness of DFV in the workplace and support services on the frontline. This year, we saw a record 2,730 participants take part in the challenge and raise over $140,000! We are extremely overwhelmed by the generous support and commitment to the 2019 Darkness to Daylight Challenge! We hope to see many more people taking on the challenge this year on 21st-22nd October.
Every step counts.