All information is produced by the Economic Abuse Reference Group with input from members, or is material that we believe demonstrates good practice.
Guidance and good practice
The following guides have been developed to assist businesses (or government departments) when developing policies to assist customers who have experienced family violence.
We explain ten key principles for customer family violence policies. Can be used as a checklist when developing, or reviewing, policies.
For businesses starting to think about developing family violence policies for customers, or staff – some tips on how to start.
A brief response which may be useful when responding to genuine questions from staff.
What are the considerations when planning staff training? What questions should you ask a potential training provider?
Some of the training available for Australian businesses (and government) from not-for-profit providers.
Where can you refer customers who are experiencing family violence? We recommend providing a short list of options for staff, and we recommend what services should be on that list.
Simple processes for requesting and obtaining documents are good for all customers – and particularly those experiencing family violence.
Recognising Family Violence
An overview of family violence and economic abuse by Economic Abuse Reference Group
Guidance produced by Business and Regulators
Residential Tenancy – Family Violence and Tenancy – for Estate Agents and Landlords. Consumer Affairs Victoria publication.
Banking – Industry guideline: Financial abuse and family and domestic violence policies, Australian Bankers Association, November 2016
Addressing Financial Abuse: A Domestic and Family Violence Community Resource Guide New South Wales by Commonwealth Bank and Domestic Violence NSW. While aimed at family violence workers and is NSW specific, most of the information is relevant more broadly.
Water – Moving Towards Better Practice – Implementing family violence policies in the Victorian water sector, Essential Services Commission Victoria, May 2017. A guideline for water businesses but contains useful good practice examples and case studies.
Banking (from UK) – Addressing financial abuse – A framework to help banks, other creditors and advice providers challenge financial abuse in intimate partner relationships (Citizens Advice UK and British Bankers Association).
Specialist community organisations
Are you looking for input from specialist community organisations to your family violence policies/processes? Our Victorian members include family violence services, financial counsellors and community legal centres.
Some provide training and other services to help business responses to vulnerable customers (including on family violence issues) for a fee.
Some members may be able to provide input to industry as part of their policy and advocacy role – particularly if that input is likely to have broad impact (for example, to an industry body rather than individual businesses).
We also work closely with a number of interstate and national organisations. If you’re not sure who to contact, we may be able to help. Contact EARG