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Treasury unveils support plan for staff impacted by domestic violence

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The nation’s largest winemaking group has launched what it describes as an industry-leading pledge to helping to prevent and respond to domestic and family violence impacting its team members.

Treasury Wine Estates Ltd (TWE) will now offer up to 10 days of paid leave, emergency financial support up to $5000, and a range of flexible work arrangements as needed for victims of family or domestic violence. All team members who support someone affected by DFV will also have access of up to 10 days of paid leave.

Team leaders will be provided with materials and resources to help them in recognising, responding to, and supporting any team members who are affected, the company said. 

TWE chief people officer Katie Hodgson said the company wanted to ensure any team members experiencing domestic and family violence felt safe and supported.

“The work environment can often be the only place where someone experiencing domestic and family violence feels safe, so we have a responsibility to protect our team members and ensure their long-term welfare and safety.” 

Hodgson said she believed companies have a responsibility to take a proactive role in responding to the issue as a crucial step in its prevention and to reduce the detrimental impacts it has on individuals, families, and communities across all areas of society.

“By setting standards, raising awareness, prompting conversations, and supporting those impacted, we can contribute towards the elimination of domestic and family violence in our communities,” she said. 

“At TWE, we believe that human rights recognise the inherent value of each person and encompass the basic freedoms and protections that belong to every single one of us. Our business and people can only thrive when human rights are safeguarded, and so we’re committed to providing a work environment where people are not only safe but respected, valued and treated as equals.”

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