The conversation about domestic violence belongs in the workplace, not just because it’s the right thing to do on a social level, but also because it’s the right thing to do on an economical level as well.
I read this report by PwC and was astounded that people had not already understood the correlation.
A report released earlier this week by PwC (A high price to pay: the economic case for preventing violence against women) found that violence against women is costing the Australian economy $13.6 billion each year. By 2021 this figure is predicted to increase to $15.6 billion.
At Indigo Training and Consulting we are one of the few companies in Australia that includes Domestic Violence in our diversity program, as for too long the topic of diversity been boxed up into a single topic only covering Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD).
Diversity is a much more complex topic which includes all aspects of human life.
Most of us spend more waking hours at work then anywhere else five days a week, so many of our social norms and attitudes are shaped by our colleagues and working relationships. This makes the workplace an obvious place to have the conversation about how in the 21st Century domestic violence or work-place violence is not acceptable anytime, anywhere.
Oh and to anyone thinking to themselves, I’ll simply violently confront the perpetrator; this is NOT the answer and could put the victim at greater risk.
Let’s continue to talk about this dreadful situation and change the culture of Australia workplace by workplace.