Domestic or family violence

There is growing recognition around Australia and a groundswell of support for actions that recognise the prevalence and cost of violence against women and children.

Domestic or family violence is one of the most common forms of violence against women and their children in Australia, and can take a number of forms, including:

  • Physical e.g. slapping, hitting, choking, stabbing
  • Sexual e.g. rape, harassment, being forced to watch pornography
  • Emotional or psychological e.g. isolating the person from friends, family, culture, threats against children, threats to commit suicide or self-harm
  • Economic e.g. withholding money, controlling family finances, taking out loans in a partner's name without consent
  • Stalking e.g. repeated following, watching or harassing

Men's violence against women - whether it occurs in or beyond the workplace - impacts the health and safety of women at work, their wellbeing and productivity.

Flinders University is committed to achieving equal opportunity in education and employment and to a work and study environment free of unlawful discrimination, harassment or bullying. Part of this commitment is to support staff who may be experiencing violence in their lives, in particular, women.

The University has introduced provisions to include staff dealing with matters arising from family or domestic violence within Special Paid Leave. Staff can also access the Employee Assistance Program - an independent counselling service available to University staff in South Australia and the Northern Territory. The University's Health, Counselling and Disability Service is available for students.