5 March 2019
Stuff gets DVFREE accredited and stands up against domestic violence
Stuff is the latest Kiwi organisation, and fourth employer overall, to become DVFREE Tick accredited; showing its
commitment to create a domestic violence-free workplace where staff can feel safe and free from harm, and get the
support they need.
Stuff CEO Sinead Boucher says: “While New Zealand may be socially-forward in other areas, our domestic violence rates
are absolutely shocking. At Stuff, we’ve been supporting staff in need behind the scenes for many years, so we’re proud
to get the DVFREE Tick and let our people know loud and clear to seek help if and when they should ever need it.”
Stuff has offered staff 10 days’ paid leave to help with domestic violence-related issues since March 2017 - over and
above the government requirement coming into force on 1 April to provide 10 days’ unpaid leave, as part of the Domestic
Violence Victims' Protection Act 2018.
Stuff’s People & Culture team has been working with leading domestic violence charity organisation, Shine, to obtain the DVFREE Tick.
Shine’s DVFREE and Policy Advisor Holly Carrington says she’s very pleased to welcome Stuff to the DVFREE Tick family.
“It’s great to have an organisation with a voice as big as Stuff’s blazing the trail for other New Zealand employers to
address domestic violence in the workplace in a meaningful way. As a collective force, employers can play a huge role in
addressing New Zealand’s domestic violence epidemic,” says Carrington.
“Because this is such a sensitive issue, staff experiencing domestic violence need to be confident the person they turn
to at work has the ability to respond safely and effectively,” says Carrington. “This response could be anything from
emotional support and a referral to Shine’s Helpline, to creating a workplace safety plan which could, for example,
include getting a trespass order to keep their abuser off the work site.”
As well as a new Domestic Violence Policy and new Domestic Violence Guideline, the DVFREE Tick sees key Stuff personnel
trained as ‘First Responders’ to be fully equipped to deal with domestic violence issues and create safety plans for
staff at risk - with training rolling out to all managers in the next six months.
“There are many ways we are trying to help at Stuff,” says Boucher. “Whether it’s a confidential chat with one of our
trained First Responders, a private accessible phone, other security measures, or organising urgent leave, flexible
working and even redeployment - we really hope those staff who otherwise may have been too embarrassed or scared will
come forward knowing they will be well-supported.”
To celebrate achieving the DVFREE Tick and to take a stand against domestic violence in New Zealand, Stuff is joining
Shine’s national fundraising campaign Light it Orange, running this week from 4 to 10 March.
Shine’s free guidelines and resources are available online and can help employers take a best-practice approach, rather
than doing the bare minimum required by law.
While Stuff is the fourth employer awarded the DVFREE Tick, a further ten employers are currently working towards the
DVFREE Tick with a rapidly growing number engaged with DVFREE services.