The Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) is working with all South Australian Government departments to ensure that they are equipped with the right knowledge, skills and tools to prevent violence against women, both within the workplace and across our community.
All forms of violence are unacceptable, regardless of gender. However, evidence shows overwhelmingly that women experience domestic and family violence at higher rates, both in Australia and around the world. On average, one Australian woman is murdered by her current or former partner each week.
The Workplace Equality and Respect Project aims to prevent violence against women by addressing the social conditions that cause it. National policy, informed by international research, is clear that to reduce violence against women we must improve gender equality.
Workplaces have a vital role to play in preventing violence against women through promoting gender equality. The activities of the Project therefore focus on women’s equal participation in the workforce, respectful relationships between men and women in the workplace, and the breaking down of harmful stereotypes about men’s and women’s roles at work and in society. To drive these outcomes, all State Government departments are developing a Gender Equality and Respect Action Plan.
In addition, the Project seeks to ensure that all South Australian Public Sector employees have access to the right support and assistance if they are experiencing domestic or family violence. More information about support available can be found at the Office of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment’s website.
All South Australian Government agencies participating in the Project are accredited through White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Program and are working towards reaccreditation with White Ribbon in mid-2020.
This Project is funded by participating South Australian Government departments and agencies. These are:
- The Attorney-General’s Department
- Central Adelaide Local Health Network
- Country Health South Australia Local Health Network
- Department for Child Protection
- Department for Correctional Services
- Department for Education
- Department for Energy and Mining
- Department for Environment and Water
- Department of Health and Wellbeing (SA Health)
- Department for Human Services
- Department for Industry and Skills
- Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
- Department of the Premier and Cabinet
- Department of Primary Industries and Regions
- Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment
- Department of Treasury and Finance
- Environment Protection Authority
- Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
- SA Ambulance Service
- South Australia Police
- South Australia Housing Authority
- Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
- South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service
- Women’s and Children’s Health Network
Several support services are available for anyone experiencing domestic and family violence.
Call 000 in an emergency
For free 24/7 confidential counselling, information and support call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – Department of Social Services (National helpline)
For free crisis counselling and access to safe accommodation call 1800 800 098 – Domestic Violence Crisis Line, Women’s Safety Services SA
For free confidential help for adult victims of crime, witnesses, and their families and friends call 1800 VICTIM (1800 842 846) – Victim Support Service SA
For free confidential help for women experiencing work-related issues call 08 8410 6499 Metropolitan or 1800 652 697 Regional – Working Women’s Centre SA Inc.
Further information about the primary prevention of violence against women can be found at: