Responding with Compassion - FDV Leave Training

Family and domestic violence is a national crisis, and by becoming a legislated leave entitlement, Paid Family and Domestic Violence leave will actively save lives. As unionists we have a responsibility to understand the changes so we can help create safe workplaces and support those who need to access leave.

About this course:

Paid Family and Domestic Violence leave was won thanks to over a decade of sustained campaigning by feminist activists and unionists.

Unions will continue to play an important role in workplaces, ensuring employers meet their obligations when providing the leave, so that employees feel safe and supported when disclosing family and domestic violence.

This course – designed in collaboration with Unions NSW – not only covers the new legislative provisions, but most importantly equips participants with a trauma-informed approach that does no further harm when members disclose they are impacted by family and domestic violence.

Karen Willis, Gender Equity Officer Unions NSW, will facilitate the session. Karen is an expert practitioner in Family and Domestic Violence services and was instrumental in the We Won’t Wait campaign that won paid Family and Domestic Violence leave.

Course Audience:

Union leaders, staff, officials, and organisers

Course Delivery:

1 half-day face-to-face

Course Cost:

Free of charge

Digital Badge:

Yes - Digital badge awarded upon completion

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Learning Outcomes:

As a participant, you will have the opportunity to consider how you can support the uptake of the entitlement and engage with workplaces so the law, and the intent of the law, is embedded in workplace practice.

The workshop will also provide information on:

  • what the entitlement means for workers and union members
  • the impact of trauma and how best to support traumatised members
  • the barriers facing people impacted by family and domestic violence
  • the drivers of gender inequality that lead to gendered violence
  • addressing these drivers through a gender ecological model
  • what should be included in workplace support plans and EAs
  • workplace support plans and services.