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Responding to clients who may be using domestic or family violence

With increasing public awareness of domestic and family violence, professionals across many fields, particularly health, legal, community and human services, have been learning how to respond to people, especially women and children, who have been experiencing DFV. Attention is now turning to how to work with clients, most often men, who are using domestic or family violence. For many professionals, this is a challenging area of practice where people can feel unsure or even intimidated.

Domestic and family violence as a Workplace Issue

Domestic violence is also increasingly understood to be very much a workplace issue. Abuse can be taking place in work time, and even in the workplace itself, whether through phone or internet or in person. It can impact on workers’ performance, physical and emotional wellbeing, leave requests, absences and late arrivals. With two thirds of women experiencing domestic or family violence being in the workforce, and likely an even larger proportion of men who have used DFV being in the workforce, it will be affecting many workplaces, whether you are aware of it or not.

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