Talking domestic peace

GLENORCHY City Council’s work in the domestic violence space was the topic of conversation during a recent visit by Queensland politicians.

The visitors were introduced to the Domestic PEACE Initiative, which stands for ‘People Engaging in Action to Change Environments’.

The PEACE Initiative represents a progressive, whole-of-council approach to increasing understanding within the organisation of family and domestic violence.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston, general manager Tony McMullen and members of the Domestic PEACE team talked to the politicians about Council’s commitment to the issue.

The team also discussed the White Ribbon Pledge for Council staff to undertake White Ribbon eLearning about domestic violence.

A staff member bravely spoke to the group of her own experiences and how Council was supportive and helpful.

Mayor Johnston said Council was taking a strong stand against domestic violence.

“Our position is one of zero tolerance and we’ve instituted the special Domestic PEACE initiative to encourage cultural change within the Council and the city generally,” she said.

“The initiative supports staff who are currently experiencing family violence or dealing with the ramifications of past experiences.

“We have also implemented a Council specific Family and Domestic Violence Response Plan which recognises family violence as a priority issue, ensures staff are involved in training on this topic and supports awareness programs such as White Ribbon Day.

“Council has a family violence leave procedure which can help a staff member through every step of their journey.

“This includes an information pack filled with resources on support agencies, crisis accommodation, legal matters and much more.

“Council has also made family violence leave part of the enterprise agreement for staff members.

“Naturally, all of these steps that occur are completely confidential so our staff members can feel safe and have the confidence to approach their supervisor or human resources.”

Major Johnston said feedback from the Queensland visitors was “very positive.”

She said it was an honour to be able to show them the work Council did on this issue.

“If we can share our knowledge and help even one person, then visits such as this are hugely beneficial,” she said.

Caption: From left, Glenorchy City Council general manager Tony McMullen, Mayor Kristie Johnston, Domestic PEACE team member Sally King, Member for Greenslopes and Chair of the Ethics Committee Joe Kelly MP, Domestic PEACE team member Dionne, Member for Lytton and Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Crime and Corruption Commission Committee Joan Pease MP, and Domestic PEACE team member Lisa Rudd.