Domestic violence bill: Survivor questions its practicality in the workplace

Domestic violence bill: Survivor questions its practicality in the workplace

John and Sarah's story is an example of what can be achieved if staff members step in when they believe a colleague is being abused. This workplace support is now law, after the Domestic Violence - Victims' Protection Bill passed its third reading on July 25. According to Sarah: "The psyche of the abuser is they need 100 per cent control." She feared this could now extend to the workplace, because the abuser wouldn't want to let their partner go to a place where they could readily access help. Shine's Holly Carrington also agreed with Sarah's fears. But on balance she said she believed employers having policies and systems in place to support staff experiencing domestic violence would help far more people than it would hurt.
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“I am blessed and grateful to be here (at Shine's refuge) cause I wouldn‘t know where to go or how I’d even cope stuck in the circle of being hurt and abused. Shine has saved my daughter and me.” a Shine refuge client