Family/Domestic Violence & The Workplace

The Facts on DV & The Workplace 

  • Domestic Violence impacts on the lives of women both at home and in the workplace, and can severely impact on a victim’s ability to find or maintain work.

  • In the 2011 National Domestic Violence and Workplace Survey, 19% of respondents revealed that violence against them had continued in the workplace, often through phone calls, emails and text messages

  • According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, it is estimated that 55% – 70% of women have or will experience domestic / family violence during their working lives. This equates to roughly 1 in 6 women (or 800,000 employees), and has a significant impact on our workplaces

  • Domestic violence includes a range of behaviours, including emotional, physical, financial and psychological abuse

  • FDV impacts greatly on our economy, and can lead to:
    • decreased staff performance and productivity
    • increased staff turnover and absenteeism
    • negative impacts on an organisation’s reputation and image
  • If no preventative action is taken, it is estimated that the cost will rise to $9.9 billion annually by 2021/22. $235 million of this $9.9 billion will be borne by employers and $609 million will be borne in production-related losses

If you are experiencing workplace issues related to the impacts of domestic or family violence, get in touch with Working Women Queensland to find out how you can get the support you need.

If you are experiencing; a life threatening situation, please dial 000 immediately.

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Useful Phone Numbers

DVConnect Womensline

1800 811 811

24 hours, 7 days a week


DVConnect Mensline

1800 600 636

9am- 12 midnight, 7 days a week


1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732

(Australia) 24 hours, 7 days a week


Kids Helpline

1800 551 800