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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“Staying at the Shine Refuge has been an absolute life changing experience for myself and my daughters. I cannot begin to explain how grateful I am for the enormous amount of help we have received from the ladies at the house.”