MAX Solutions has introduced a Domestic Violence policy, giving employees experiencing domestic violence extra support and assistance.
The policy, available to all 2,000 MAX Solutions employees, offers employees five days additional leave, protection for their family, counselling services, implementation of in-work safety measures (including security if necessary), and assistance to access safe housing.
MAX Solutions Managing Director Deborah Homewood said the new policy gives victims the chance to handle the flow on impacts of domestic violence.
“We know that domestic violence does not always stay at home, it can extend to the workplace, and employees can be especially vulnerable while they are at work.
“The additional leave can be used for anything relating to the effects of domestic violence, from attending medical appointments, counselling, legal proceedings, arranging to relocate, or caring for children.
“Domestic violence can compromise the health and safety of employees, decrease morale and productivity, and increase absenteeism and workplace safety incidents," Ms. Homewood said.
Ms. Homewood said it was important that MAX Solutions take a prominent role in tackling domestic violence issues throughout Australia.
“We see many of our clients come from families where violence is the norm. We want to lead by example and show that we will not tolerate violence in any form. Not in our teams, nor in the communities where we deliver our services."
In 2015, 78 women were killed as a result of domestic violence in Australia. One in six Australian women experienced violence from a current or former partner, and Indigenous women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of family violence.
The MAX Solutions Domestic Violence policy comes in the wake of the organisation’s national observance of White Ribbon Day, a national, male led campaign to end violence against women.