Greater Bank is taking the lead among Hunter businesses when it comes to supporting employees impacted by domestic violence by offering a workshop to better equip senior managers with the skills to recognise and support victims of abuse in the workplace.
Coinciding with the lead up to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), senior managers across Greater Bank’s Head Office and branch network will attend a workshop facilitated by Jenny's Place, a Newcastle-based domestic violence resource and education centre.
The session will cover the various types of family violence that can be experienced as well as arming participants with information on how to support employees who are victim to these situations and the avenues of internal and broader community support available.
Greater Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Scott Morgan, has made a point of bringing the topic of domestic violence out of the shadows and incorporating support for victims into Greater Bank’s organisational culture.
“Statistics around domestic violence in Australia are alarming, one of which tells us that one in four women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15*. With an employee base of more than 72 per cent females, it’s critically important that we have a thorough understanding of the issues relating to domestic violence,” Mr Morgan said.
In 2016, Greater Bank was one of the first organisations in the Hunter to introduce Domestic Violence Leave as a staff entitlement to demonstrate our commitment to supporting victims of this pervasive social issue. Most of us spend a significant amount of our waking hours at work and I am a big believer in fostering a supportive environment that leads to strong relationships and connectedness amongst employees. | Scott Morgan, Greater Bank CEO
“It is for this reason we’ve taken steps to enlist the help of trained support counsellors from Jenny’s Place to inform our senior staff on how to recognise, approach and assist those under their management who may be a victim of or exposed to violence in the home.”
Saibre Johnstone from Jenny’s Place, is proud to see such an iconic Hunter organisation taking a strong interest in support of those suffering from domestic violence.
“In 2016, we received funding from Greater Charitable Foundation through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal’s (FRRR) Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) program. This funding was used to develop the domestic violence awareness workshop - Healthy Relationships & Positive Communities,” Ms Johnstone said.
“Businesses across the Hunter can now access this workshop free of charge and it’s great to see a corporate like Greater Bank taking steps to support women in the workplace and make the topic of domestic violence less taboo.”