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Our commitment to ending domestic and family violence

Our commitment

At the Department for Education, we’re proud to be a White Ribbon Accredited workplace and play our part in preventing domestic and family violence.

Our commitment to preventing domestic and family violence video transcript

Rick Persse: At the Department for Education, we’re proud to be a White Ribbon Accredited workplace and play our part in preventing domestic and family violence.

Chris Bernardi: We have the opportunity to influence the minds of up to 200,000 children and young people that walk through our gates every day.

Rick: Through education, we can help to break the cycle of domestic and family violence.

Julie Murphy: We can change the future by educating them in the present.

David Chadwick: A whole-school movement, not necessarily just around the Domestic Violence stuff, but about respect.

Laura Schonfeldt: It's not enough just to be White Ribbon accredited, we have to live it.

Chris: We can be part of generational change.

Rick: Together.

Julie: Together.

David: Together.

Laura: Together.

Rick: We can work towards ending domestic and family violence.

End of transcript.

How we show our commitment

Our workplaces must be safe, respectful and inclusive.

At the department each employee shares responsibility for building a positive workplace culture that protects and enhances our wellbeing and the wellbeing of others.

Responding appropriately to violence and addressing gender stereotypes and inequity is one of the things that we can all do to contribute to an inclusive and supportive workplace. 

Through education we are helping to break the cycle of domestic and family violence. We are teaching children to recognise the signs of violence and where to get help. We’re educating young people about respectful, inclusive relationships. 

As part of our induction process, all employees complete a White Ribbon Australia training module to understand domestic and family violence and support colleagues, students and families who may be experiencing violence.

Why we are committed

We are committed to ending domestic and family violence because it’s a problem in our communities. In Australia:

  • 1 in 2 women have experienced being sexually harassed
  • women are almost 3 times more likely than men to have experienced violence inflicted by a partner since the age of 15
  • 1 in 4 children are exposed to domestic and family violence.

Contact

If you or anyone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence contact 1800 RESPECT for advice and support.

Organisational Development

Phone: 8226 2116
EmailEducation.LeadershipDevelopment [at] sa.gov.au