Congrats to the Ministry of Justice for being the second organisation and the first public sector employer to receive Shine’s DVFREE Tick for their domestic violence staff programme. Shine’s Jill Proudfoot and Holly Carrington presented a DVFREE Tick certificate to Ministry Chief Executive Andrew Bridgman this afternoon.
Meeting the DVFREE Tick criteria ensures an effective help-seeking pathway for employees who are experiencing domestic abuse, and also helps staff know what to do if they know or suspect a colleague is experiencing, or perpetrating, domestic violence.
With strong support from leadership, a team of people at the Ministry put in a lot of hard work and went beyond the DVFREE Tick requirements in training nearly all of their managers throughout the country in just a matter of months (the Tick allows large employers several years to reach a threshold of 90% of managers being trained). They are now embarking on face to face domestic violence training for all of their 3800 staff. Andrew Bridgman is urging other public sector organisations to follow its lead.
To learn more about DVFREE and the DVFREE Tick, go to www.dvfree.org.nz