Support networks for staff

Isaac Regional Council has introduced a new policy that provides support for its employees if they experience domestic violence.

Mayor Anne Baker said the policy puts in place a confidential set of support services for employees at the Queensland council.
“Isaac Regional Council recognises our employees are not immune to this national issue.

“The Queensland Government’s Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Strategy show the disturbing statistics.

“We know one in six Australian women has experienced physical abuse at the hands of a current or former partner.

“One in 19 Australian men has experienced physical abuse at the hands of a partner,” said Mayor Baker.

“One in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse at the hands of a partner.

“This is an unacceptable level of domestic violence against both women and men.

“Based on these figures, with 400 employees, 200 of those women, we know some of our workforce would be victims of abuse.

“Council, through this policy, is demonstrating its commitment to supporting those living with violence.

“Serious impacts of domestic violence include physical, emotional and psychological harm.”

Mayor Baker said the policy would help those in need by providing more leave and individual support.

“Through the Employee Assistance Program, they will also have free access to trained professionals.

 “With support, employees can continue their contribution to both council and the community.”