Working towards White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

The Department of Health is proudly working with White Ribbon to create a safer workplace and prevent violence against women.

At Health, we have a zero tolerance of all forms of violence in the workplace – including family violence and violence against women. Unfortunately, we know that these forms of violence are prevalent in our communities and that the devastating impacts flow into the workplace.

Over the last two years, we have been working with White Ribbon Australia and other experts like Family Violence Counselling and Support Services (Communities Tasmania) to improve our workplace response to staff who are impacted by family violence, and to take action against violence in the workplace more generally.

Our champion DoH paddlers - February 2019Staff supporting 2019 Dragons Abreast Corporate Challenge

Staff raise awareness at the 2019 Dragons Abreast Corporate Challenge (February 2019)

Why are we taking action?

Violence against women and family violence is unfortunately a common occurrence in Australia.

  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 16 men have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced emotional abuse from a current or former partner.
  • 1 in 5 women and 1 in 20 men have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
  • 1 woman a week and 1 man a month (on average) are killed by a current or former partner.
  • Family violence is the single largest cause of illness, disability and death in Australian women aged 25-44
  • The economic impacts of family violence are estimated at over $22 billion each year.
  • See the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare "Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia report" and White Ribbon Australia's website for more information.

All violence is wrong, regardless of the sex of the victim or perpetrator.

Everyone in our community, including workplaces, has a role in promoting respectful relationships and changing the attitudes and behaviours that support family violence and violence against women.

Having a workplace that is informed, responsive and appropriate in the way that it
manages family violence is vital. A great response can have a huge impact on someone’s
chances of success in negotiating their way out of family violence.

Survivor advocate and Tasmanian Government employee

Here are the Department of Health, we are committed to supporting workers who are impacted by violence and will seek to protect workers from family violence threats in the workplace; provide supportive conditions for workers, such as access to appropriate leave and flexible work arrangements; and provide referrals to community-based services.

We also want to empower staff and build their confidence to reach out to others they are close to – whether they are colleagues, family or friends – and provide information about the support options available.

Alongside these supports, we are committed to building a culture where all staff feel safe, supported and respected.

Our key activities

To support our work with White Ribbon in 2018 and 2019, we have:

  • raised awareness about the impact of violence against women and family violence through public events such as our White Ribbon Dragon Boating team in the 2019 Corporate Challenge, and participation in the 2018 City to Casino
  • co-hosted the 2018 whole-of-government White Ribbon Walk
  • enabled staff to take practical action to support survivors of family violence through our Share the Dignity campaign each Christmas
  • improved our internal resources, with policy documents such as fact sheets, guidelines, leave procedures and workplace safety plans to support staff who are impacted by family violence
  • supported our managers’ response to family violence with face-to-face family violence awareness training
  • developed an all-staff e-learning module to help build their confidence to reach out to colleagues, friends, family and others impacted by violence
  • undertaken 'Building capacity to prevent violence against staff' Employee Survey to help us understand how we can make the work place safer for our workers, including specific actions we can take to reduce risk of family violence and violence against women.

We look forward to building on this work in future years and working with other organisations to take against to prevent and respond to violence against women and family violence.

I’d like to support this work/know more

If you would like to support White Ribbon’s work, one simple step is to take the WHITE RIBBON OATH

Taking the oath takes less than a minute, and it one way that you can show your support to standing up, speaking out and acting to prevent men’s violence against women.

If you are a Department of Health employee and want to know more about our work, contact naomi.narsh@health.tas.gov.au

If you need support or information

We know that family violence and other forms of abuse are common in the community.

Tasmania has an integrated response to family violence, with a list of connected advice and support services (see below). The services can be accessed by clients, or by service providers and practitioners on behalf of their clients. They also provide referral pathways to other government and non-government services. Where times are not listed, the services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you have been impacted by family violence, or you are supporting someone, we encourage you to access the following options.

In an emergency,
always call the Police on 000 (triple zero)

Tasmanian integrated family violence services >

Police

Tasmania Police (Emergency)

000 (triple zero)

Family Violence Response and Referral Line (Tasmania Police)

1800 633 937

Tasmania Police Local Station (Non-emergency)

131 444

Victims

Family Violence Counselling and Support Services

1800 608 122

Weekdays

9:00 am to midnight

Weekends and public holidays

4:00 pm to midnight

Children

‘Strong Families Safe Kids’ Advice and Referral Line

1800 000 123

Perpetrators

Men’s Referral Service (for men seeking support to change their own behaviour)

1300 766 491

Engender Equality - formerly ‘SHE’ (for women seeking support to change their own behaviour)

(03) 6278 9090

Additional Tasmanian Services >

Engender Equality

Weekdays

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Out of hours

by appointment

Safe Choices

Weekdays

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

National lines >

1800RESPECT

1800 737 732

Lifeline

131 114

Kids Helpline

1800 551 800

MensLine Australia

1300 78 99 78

online chat / counselling

Family Violence Law Help

1800 737 732

Family Violence Law Help


Download the free Daisy app for more information and to connect to local services. Family members and friends can also use Daisy to gather information and support a loved one’s decision making