Renewal SA’s journey to White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation
On October 16, 2014, the South Australian Premier launched Taking a Stand: Responding to Domestic Violence, in response to the Coroner’s recommendations regarding the death of Zahra Abrahimzadeh, who was killed at the hands of her former husband.
One of the initiatives that followed the Coroner’s report was the commitment that all South Australian government departments obtain White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation (WRWA), building on existing workplace policies on domestic violence.
In November 2015, Renewal SA started on the journey to become White Ribbon accredited and incorporate measures to address violence against women in the workplace.
Our White Ribbon Implementation Committee have been responsible for driving changes to internal policy and processes including the introduction of Special Leave with Pay to allow those who are experiencing violence the opportunity to access support.
We have also supplied our managers with the tools to support to employees who are experiencing violence, and provided resources to employees, both for those who are experiencing violence themselves and those who are supporting them.
We have, and will continue to, engage our staff in the White Ribbon campaign, not only by holding awareness and fundraising events, but by demonstrating a culture of zero tolerance of violence against women.