Business and industry engagement on domestic violence

Business and industry engagement on domestic violence

Women in the ACT often encounter extreme stress, and risk tipping into homelessness or experiencing financial hardship on leaving a violent relationship.  Many women are forced into a position where returning to an abusive relationship seems like the best option for themselves and their children. Business and industry play a vital role in filling current gaps for women who are post-crisis, that cannot be addressed by community services and government alone.

WCHM  worked with five consultancy firms –  Deloitte, Ernst and Young, KPMG, Price Waterhouse Coopers and Protiviti -to run seven industry-specific forums in an innovative approach to engaging business and industry in finding solutions to the domestic and family violence challenges in the ACT.

The forums focussed on how Canberra professionals could help remove the barriers that women face when they decide to leave an abusive relationship, and aimed to address issues with access to:

  • Housing
  • Finance
  • Legal Services
  • Pets
  • Transport
  • Childcare
  • Insurance