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  • DVFREE Guidelines for Policy & Procedures

    DVFREE Guidelines for Policy & Procedures
    From $30.00

    OR FREE PDF DOWNLOAD. To help make the workplace safe and supportive for employees experiencing domestic violence.


    OR purchase a printed copy of the Guidelines here for just $30. Purchase price includes postage – only available within New Zealand.

    These Guidelines provide a model for a best practice domestic violence workplace programme that meets new legislative requirements under the Domestic Violence Victims Protection Act 2018 that come into force 1st April 2019.

    The Guidelines provide detailed guidance, with background information and specific suggestions, to help employers make the workplace safe and supportive for employees experiencing domestic violence. Guidelines also help employers know how to manage staff who perpetrate domestic violence safely and appropriately, and how to raise awareness so all staff know what to do if someone they know is experiencing or perpetrating domestic violence. The Guidelines incorporate written advice on the rights and obligations of employers in circumstances where staff are known or suspected of perpetrating domestic violence.

    Contents include:

    • Policy purpose, key principles, defining the problem
    • Awareness raising for all staff (see Shine’s FREE online learning module)
    • Help-seeking pathway and 'First Responders'
    • Supporting staff who experience domestic violence:
      • Domestic violence leave and flexible working conditions
      • Workplace safety planning
      • Specialist community services and the appropriate role of EAP
      • Performance and discipline issues
    • Response to staff who perpetrate domestic violence
    • Response to workplace incidents of domestic violence
    • Domestic violence training for staff
    • Confidentiality, information sharing and storage, and data-gathering
    • Avoiding the use of stigmatising labels

    Disclaimer: The Guidelines provide recommendations and suggestions for policy and procedures relating to the management of domestic violence issues affecting employment. The recommendations and suggestions are necessarily high level and general in nature.  The Guidelines have been provided for information purposes only, and are not intended to provide, and should not be relied upon, for legal advice or recommendation of any action in relation to a specific employment situation. Any third parties who access the information within these Guidelines should seek specific professional advice before taking any employment action in relation to the matters dealt with in this section of the Guidelines.

    Shine's DVFREE programme can also provide domestic violence training and other support for employers. Read more at

    Purchase your initial 2 hours of policy consultation from Shine's DVFREE workplace experts for only $290+GST – a significant discount from our normal consultation rate of $180+GST/hour.

    Or register to attend our workshop: Creating Effective Domestic Violence Policy & Procedures

    You can also register individuals for our open First Responder training workshops in Auckland and Wellington. (A preferable option for medium to large employers is to book a training session exclusive to your First Responders so we can tailor the training specifically to your policy and workplace.)

    Contact or 09-815-4592 with any questions about the Guidelines or enquiries about DVFREE Services or the DVFREE Tick.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Our DVFREE e-news will alert subscribers when we revise or update our Guidelines. Subscribe to DVFREE e-news at the bottom of the DVFREE homepage.

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