Flourish Health & Wellbeing eMag - Nov21 - Flipbook - Page 66
How can the
workplace become a
Ultimately, we need to provide a safe
space so the victim feels comfortable
talking about their situation. But how do we
go about that in the workplace?
In 2019, the Sightlines team at Domestic
Violence Service Management conducted
a survey of people with lived experience of
family and domestic violence and found:
Approximately half of all employees
who responded to the survey did not
know if their employer had a DFV
The majority of employees
experiencing DFV did not choose to
disclose this to their employer (66%).
Of the 34% that did disclose, most
disclosed to their direct-line manager
or a colleague.
People who disclosed found it difficult
to do so: 56% described the
experience of disclosing with negative,
mixed or neutral sentiments.
The victims were also asked how they
thought their organisation should improve.
The top three responses to this question
1. People in the workplace should to be
compassionate and non-judgmental.
2. Workplaces should provide more (or
improved) tangible support.
3. A marked improvement in
understanding and awareness of
family and domestic violence.
When these three improvements are
realised, victims are more likely to share
their experiences and, therefore, have a
better chance of receiving the help they
need. However, it’s important to
understand that even under improved
conditions, some victims will not come
forward because of ingrained stigma and
feelings of shame.