Challenging domestic violence

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As the Queensland Government’s CEO Champion for domestic and family violence (DFV) awareness I have made a commitment to take part in Australia’s CEO Challenge (ACEOC) Race again this year.

This a key event in which CEOs, senior business executives and community leaders compete against each other to promote awareness of the impacts of DFV in workplaces and the community and to raise important funds.

This year the race concludes in November and I will have a goal of raising $15,000 this year.

More than 8000 people are employed by TMR and there is no doubt in my mind that some of our people have experienced or been affected by domestic violence at some point in their life.

Statistics show that 94 percent of employees agree that employers should take a leadership role in educating their workforce about respectful relationships between men and women*. TMR recently acheived White Ribbon accreditation for its programs and policies to raise awareness and support victims of domestic violence.

As a part of my commitment to create change within TMR, I see it as my responsibility to speak out and raise funds that go towards primary workplace prevention programs, as well as support DFV services and victims within the local community.

In 2014, TMR saw an opportunity to become a business partner with ACEOC as a multiple award winning charity with 13 years of achievements to their name.

ACEOC began with the intent to educate corporate Australia about DFV prevention and to work towards removing the stigma associated with DFV through education and training initiatives.

Together we have worked towards raising awareness within TMR and educating our people on ways to recognise domestic and family violence and appropriately refer employees on to the support services available to them. We have focused on greater gender diversity, equality and to ensure the safety and well-being of all employees is met.

TMR is committed to preventing all forms of violence against women, children and men. Together we are making a difference and lifting the lid on this issue which is at epidemic proportions – no action is too small.

If you would like to get behind my campaign, you can help by donating to my Everyday Hero page . I also encourage you to raise awareness within your own organisations and communities of the Not Now, Not Ever campaign.

*The role of bystander knowledge, attitudes and behaviours in preventing violence against women: A full technical report. The Social Research Centre Melbourne.

Neil Scales OBE
Director General