Domestic Violence and Its Impact on Work or Study

96,000 Australian women came to work today affected by domestic violenceCharles Sturt University is committed to promoting the health and safety of staff and students on campus. The University recognises that staff and students will be amongst those affected by domestic violence and that the impact of domestic violence is not restricted to private life but can extend to the work or study environment.

Domestic violence refers to a pattern of coercive tactics, which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person in order to establish and maintain power and control over another person in a close relationship or family domestic situation.

Staff and students who are experiencing domestic violence will be supported by the University to maintain employment or study while dealing with their circumstances. 

Policies and Procedures

Domestic Violence Policy - Addressing Impact

Domestic Violence Procedure - Addressing Impact 


Domestic violence and the workplace: Employee, employer and union resources (Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse and the Commonwealth Department of Employment, Education and Workplace Relations, Australia, July 2012)

It is Every Person's Human Right to a Life Free from Violence ("Responding with Compassion course slides, Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia, 2014) 

Employee Assistance Program 

1800 RESPECT (National Counselling Helpline, Information and Support) 

What is domestic violence? (Reach Out, Australia, n.d.)

Domestic Violence, Australian Capital Territory (Domestic Violence Crisis Service ACT, Australia, n.d.)

Domestic Violence, New South Wales (NSW Department of Family and Community Services, Australia, n.d.)

Domestic Violence, Victoria (Domestic Violence Victoria, Australia, n.d.)


Supervisors can make a difference: Workplace impact of domestic and sexual violence and stalking (Susan Quintanar, Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center, USA, 2 October 2013, 21:05 min)

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