Domestic and Family Violence Policy Directive
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Fact: One in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them.
The SA Public Sector has embarked on a collaborative partnership with White Ribbon Australia to prevent and respond to violence against women by having all departments accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace.
The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program recognises workplaces that are taking active steps to respond to incidents of violence against women inside or outside of the workplace and aims to increase staff awareness of the issue.
Given the size of SA Health, White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation is sought in two phases.
The Department for Health and Wellbeing (DHW) commenced the accreditation process in March 2015. Since then, DHW has undertaken a range of awareness raising and engagement activities and adapted organisational culture, practices and procedures to promote respectful relationships and safe workplaces for women. As a result, DHW was awarded accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace in June 2016.
Local Health Networks and SA Ambulance Service commenced the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation process in November 2015 and were assessed for accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace. For more information and to get involved, SA Health staff should visit the SA Health intranet.
White Ribbon is a male-led initiative that recognises the positive role men play in preventing violence against women. The campaign works through primary prevention initiatives involving awareness raising and education, and programs with youth, schools, workplaces and across the broader community.
If you or someone you know is experiencing violence against women, there is a range of support available, listed on the White Ribbon website.
24 hour telephone support is also available by calling 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), a national sexual assault, family and domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Visit the White Ribbon website to learn more about Australia’s campaign to end violence against women.