Working from home - Work health & safety & domestic and family violence

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Working from home, COVID-19 and domestic and family violence

For many people, including victim-survivors of domestic and family violence, being at home is not always a safe place. Domestic and family violence will be a work health or safety risk for many women working from home.

It is anticipated that domestic and family violence incidents will increase as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know this because of research and evidence that domestic and family violence can become more frequent and severe during periods of emergency. For many people, public health and community containment measures introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19 such as social distancing and self-isolation, as well as increased financial insecurity and reduced ability to leave relationships, may increase their risk of domestic and family violence.

Times of stress and hardship are never an excuse for violence. All people deserve to live free from fear and domestic and family violence.

To help us to keep victims-survivors of domestic and family violence safe during the COVID-19 response, in ‘working from home’ communications distributed to employees, we encourage employers to please make clear reference to domestic and family violence as a potential work health and safety issue when working from home and if possible include the following information. We thank you for your support.

Working from home, COVID-19 and domestic and family violence