The Housing Trust is the first business in the Illawarra to be awarded White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation, making it a leader in domestic violence prevention and response. The only other local organisations to achieve this recognition are the NSW Police and a government department.

The Accreditation demonstrates that the Housing Trust is a safe, respectful and supportive workplace which has benefits for their clients and the broader community as well as their staff. A new policy provides staff experiencing domestic violence with 10 days of special leave to help leave violent relationships. This is a vital support given research by the Australian Council of Trade Unions estimates the average cost of leaving a violent relationship is $18,000 and 141 hours.

For an organisation like The Housing Trust, the tools and learning provided in the White Ribbon program enable staff to identify and challenge inappropriate behaviour both inside and outside of the organisation.

We have a dedicated Community Development Worker that will continue to drive this project and to build strong relationships or partnerships with support services throughout our local community.

If you would like to know more on this topic, please contact our office on 4254 1166 or email info@housingtrust.org.au

We have a link to the Illawarra Committee Domestic Violence booking for anyone dealing with domestic violence. It also outlines the local support services available in the Illawarra

Illawarra Committee Domestic Violence booklet

We also have a dedicated webpage on support services around domestic violence in the Illawarra – click here to find out more  Domestic Violence Support Services Illawarra

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Click here to visit the White Ribbon Australia website