Create and sustain a business community partnership Domestic violence is a workplace issue.
Your business can take an active role in supporting a local domestic violence service.
Most frontline services are seriously underfunded and struggle to provide the type of support women and children need to recover from their trauma. You can be a part of making real change at the coalface by having a partnership.
Our partnership with the Department of Energy and Water Supply has been very successful. I have found the experience to be hugely beneficial for our organization. They raised considerable funds for us earlier this year and we have used this to provide early intervention programs for our children.
The staff at GHD really pull together when we have a fundraiser for our partner refuge – it gives them a sense of us caring about the community, people… women and kids… in crisis who we will never know but who we can help so easily.
Our partnership has been successful because of the mutual support and understanding of what the goals of the partnership look like. We have also been keen to collaborate with the Department around “their” ideas for fundraising and how we can work on this together. So far we have been very fortunate to receive monetary donations, along with children’s toys, personal products, sports equipment etc.
We have proved that by creating a workplace environment where all staff pull together to help those in need, your teamwork will flourish and nurture relationships, translating in to increased productivity.
Not only will you encourage teamwork and a positive culture within your business but your support will make a world of difference in what can often be desperate situations facing women and children, other family members, and the services themselves as they struggle to meet a broad range of needs.
Become one of the 40 leading businesses who recognise the sense in taking action to prevent domestic violence and support local services.
Australia's CEO Challenge Memorandum of Understanding with Combined Women’s Refuge Group
Business - Refuge partnerships, have been a cornerstone of Australia’s CEO Challenge since its inception. It brings great benefits to the sector and builds staff engagement in workplace partners. Partnerships are our key differentiator, it’s a unique program and brings us great credibility in the community sector and builds our relationships with service providers. Our key mechanism for working with refuges is through the The Combined Women’s Refuge Group in South East QLD (CWRG).
Due to this beneficial relationship a MOU agreement has been formed to support a partnership between ACEOC and CWRG which will provide opportunities for both parties to collaborate, raise awareness of domestic and family violence and its impacts, educate the community of what refuges do and provide support through a coordinated approach and support linking the business sector to support frontline services.