QUEENSLAND continues to lead the way in the fight against domestic and family violence.
The state’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services was this week recognised as a national leader in preventing and responding to violence against women in the workplace.
Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the department was one of three Queensland Government agencies to gain accreditation from White Ribbon Australia.
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“We want to promote Queensland workplaces that demonstrate a culture of zero tolerance of violence against women,” she said.
“This accreditation represents a significant milestone in our domestic and family violence reform program to change community and workplace attitudes and behaviours.
“It’s also great to recognise the outstanding effort made by departmental staff across the state to create safe and respectful workplaces.
“We now proudly stand beside our colleagues at the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and the Department of Transport and Main Roads who have also achieved accreditation as White Ribbon workplaces.”
The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program acknowledges workplaces that have met 15 criteria under three standards to create a safer and more respectful workplace.
Ms Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to tackling domestic and family violence in Queensland.
“We are bringing domestic and family violence out from behind closed doors and that means ensuring our workplaces are violence-free, as well,” she said.
“I am proud Queensland is the first state or territory to introduce laws to support victims of domestic and family violence through 10 days’ paid leave and protection from dismissal.
“We are investing a record almost $200 million to tackle domestic and family violence, with high-risk teams and integrated responses, offender change and education programs, crisis shelters, additional victim support and specialist courts.”
For more information on White Ribbon and to find out how you can stand up and speak out to prevent men’s violence against women visit http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/