STRIVING FOR A HEALTHY WORKPLACE: Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling CEO Steve Alexander, Kerri Tighe, Lauren Wynyard, Mandy Coles, Sue Manthey, Olwyn Harris, Zonta’s Janet Keppke, Jan Waetford and Zonta’s Roz Jennings call on strong community support for their Workplace Response at the Airlie Beach Hotel on Thursday, May 14. Photo: Charlotte Lam
STRIVING FOR A HEALTHY WORKPLACE: Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling CEO Steve Alexander, Kerri Tighe, Lauren Wynyard, Mandy Coles, Sue Manthey, Olwyn Harris, Zonta’s Janet Keppke, Jan Waetford and Zonta’s Roz Jennings call on strong community support for their Workplace Response at the Airlie Beach Hotel on Thursday, May 14. Photo: Charlotte Lam

Fight continues with new event

DOMESTIC violence goes to work - it's a confronting but true statement.

Across the Whitsunday community, a huge rise in depression, drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence is impacting on businesses.

During Domestic and Family Violence Awareness Month in May, Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service is hosting several events across the region to raise awareness.

Next week, in partnership with the Zonta Club of Whitsundays, a Workplace Response workshop will be held at the Airlie Beach Hotel.

The workshop is the brainchild of WCCS client services manager Sue Manthey and ties in with the government's recent push on the issue.

The service was disappointed in last year's response to the event and is pushing for community members and business owners to take part in next Thursday's workshop.

"It's something I've wanted to initiate for a long time," Ms Manthey said.

"The motivation was simple - it's time to take that duty of care and show some responsibility.

"Domestic violence also takes its toll on businesses. It can affect productivity and concentration.

"In some cases it can have more of an impact when the perpetrator contacts the workplace, affecting other employees."

By helping staff members subjected to domestic violence, employers can reduce workplace violence risks, increase productivity and protect themselves from liability by ensuring a domestic violence response is part of their workplace safety plan.

The workshop will host an array of speakers, including Ms Manthey, Small Business Development Services director Deborah Lewis, domestic violence area police director Acting Senior Sergeant Simon Walter and Mackay Community Regional Legal Centre solicitor Simone Butschle.

Organiser Janet Keppke said the event would teach employers the warning signs and how to provide employees with training to ensure a safe and profitable workplace.

This event is free and starts at 5.15pm on May 14.

Phone the WCCS on 4946 2999 to register.

RAISING AWARENESS:

What: Workplace response

When: Thursday, May 14 at 5.15pm

Where: Conference room, Airlie Beach Hotel

Registrations: Janet Keppke 041 978 3524 or Whitsunday Crisis and Counselling Service 4946 2999