Domestic violence – Your workplace has a role to play

Domestic and family violence affects women, men, children and families from all sections of our society.

Despite efforts to reduce domestic and family violence, on average one woman dies each week in Australia as a result of domestic violence.

Add to this the many calls for help received each week across our communities and the many thousands of victims who suffer in silence, and it becomes clear that we need to think about what more we can do or what we can do differently … and that includes the role of our workplace.

The Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union takes domestic violence very seriously and we actively participate in a number of campaigns that raise awareness, support survivors and lobby governments and policymakers for change.

Some of our recent activity...

Calling for paid domestic and family violence leave

We stood with other unions in support of a nationwide campaign to include paid domestic and family violence leave in national employment standards. Late last year, Queensland became the first state to implement a minimum 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave as a core condition in the public sector. We are now pushing for workers in all sectors and across all states and territories to also be given the same rights.

Collecting care packs for victims fleeing domestic violence

We partnered with Queensland Country Women’s Association and DVConnect to collect care pack items to be delivered to women fleeing domestic violence. Thank you to all our members who donated to this cause - we have received thousands of donations from as far as Mareeba, Toowoomba and Cape York!

Organising free information and training sessions

In partnership with the Queensland Council of Unions, we hosted free information and training sessions for our members to help raise awareness about domestic violence. Thanks to everyone who attended!

The sessions were a big success and provided practical advice and tips on addressing issues relating to domestic and family violence, particularly in the workplace.

Due to popular demand and the positive feedback we received, the QNMU is currently organising further sessions across the state. Keep an eye on your emails and Facebook for more info!

Donating to the Theresa Bradford appeal

Following the tragic death of nursing student and domestic violence victim Theresa Bradford, the QNMU donated $1000 to help provide assistance to Theresa's four children in the coming days, months and years.

Supporting the Never Alone campaign

Never Alone is a campaign run by the Luke Batty Foundation and supported by the QNMU and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.

By officially supporting this campaign, we pledge to stand with the women and children affected by family violence so they are supported in the community and have a powerful voice in the corridors of power.

The aim of the Never Alone campaign is to build a groundswell of support for victims that will make it impossible for family violence to be ignored.

With domestic violence survivor and Australian of the Year Rosie Batty at the helm, Never Alone promises not to "tip-toe" around the issue of family violence.

It promises to "say the things that make people feel uncomfortable" so no-one is under any illusion about the depth and breadth of the family violence problem.

Never Alone is a campaign guided by the experiences and strength of victims who, with the support of the broader community, are encouraged to drive the changes our society needs to make the home a safer place.

We encourage nurses, midwives, family and friends to stand with us as we stand by domestic violence survivors.

What can I do? Add your voice to the Never Alone movement committed to standing beside those who experience family violence.

Click here to join the campaign.

For help and advice, call:

DVConnect Womensline
1800 811 811
24 hours, 7 days a week

DVConnect Mensline
1800 600 636
9am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week

Sexual Assault Helpline
1800 010 120
7.30am to 11.30pm, 7 days a week

Elder Abuse Helpline
1300 651 192
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday