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Safe and Strong Latrobe, designed to prevent violence against women.

By Portal Admin - 23rd February 2019 - Back to News

Latrobe City Council is launching Safe and Strong Latrobe, a project designed for large workplaces across Latrobe City to prevent violence against women. Violence against women costs the Australian economy over $22 billion dollars a year and workplaces are recognised as a key setting for addressing the problem.

Safe and Strong Latrobe will support participating workplaces to implement new Workplace Equality and Respect Standards. The standards focus on addressing conditions within the workplace – such as recruitment, promotion and flexible work options – and aspects of workplace culture to build more gender equal outcomes.

Gender inequality is recognised as the key driver of violence against women and that violence is much more likely when there are unequal power relations between men and women in both public and private life.

Disappointingly Latrobe City has the highest per capita rates of police attendance at family violence incidents in Victoria and Living Well Latrobe, the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan, identifies preventing family violence as a key priority. There is also a strong business case for increasing gender equality with both financial and performance benefits for workplaces.

The Standards also require workplaces to ensure appropriate support is available to staff and customers who experience family violence.

The project will work with leaders in participating workplaces to build their capacity to lead initiatives across their workforce and provide opportunities to share knowledge. Training and support will be provided to assist workplaces to identify actions to be undertaken such as changes to policies and procedures or promoting flexible working options.

Safe and Strong Latrobe is funded by the Victorian Government’s Free From Violence Local Government Grants.

Businesses can get more information or get involved via the following:

Email latrobe@latrobe.vic.gov.au

Phone 1300 367 700

Source: www.gippsland.com

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