Cessnock Council is leading the way on domestic violence after formally adopting a Family and Domestic Violence Protocol.
The new protocol, which was endorsed by council in July this year, aims to provide a supportive environment for council employees where they can feel safe and confident in seeking assistance.
It will also include up to 10 days, per annum of paid family and domestic violence leave which will allow employees to attend legal proceedings, organising relocation or making other safety arrangements
Employees who are affected by family and domestic violence may also be provided with a range of support options, including flexible work arrangements and referral to external support providers.
Back in July 2018, Cessnock City Council endorsed the adoption of a Family and Domestic Violence Protocol for its staff and is proud to announce this has now been formally adopted and will be rolled out across the organisation.
Council’s mental health first aid officers and human resources team and other key staff attended nationally recognised domestic violence training in August as part of the new protocol.
“Domestic violence continues to be a huge problem across our region and as one of the largest employers in the area, it is fantastic to see Council putting protocols in place to help staff who are dealing with these issues,” Mayor Bob Pynsent said.
Council will now undertake an awareness campaign across the organisation, ensuring all staff are aware of support available.