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Ending violence is our business

Ending violence is our business

Violence against women—a serious, life-threatening, human rights violation—is deeply rooted in gender inequality, harmful social and cultural norms, and discrimination. Whether it occurs at home or in the workplace, it has a negative effect on women’s health, well-being, and work performance—undermining education, employment and career advancement opportunities.

Regular employment and the ability to earn personal income empower women to support themselves financially. In turn, financial independence helps them regain self-esteem and confidence, and enables them to withdraw from abusive relationships.

When organisations understand and recognise the need to respond to violence against women, workplaces can provide the protection, emotional support and refuge needed by women who experience domestic violence.

In 2017, Un Women Australia developed Taking the First Step, a collection of case studies on the processes undertaken by Australian businesses to set up workplace responses to domestic and family violence. Ending violence is our business is a complementary tool developed by the UN Women Regional Office for Asia Pacific to share practices and key learning points from organisations across Asia and the Pacific that have implemented workplace responses to intimate partner violence.

This report is a collection of case studies which can be used to better understand the roles of organisations in addressing intimate partner violence experienced by their employees. It identifies useful elements and key drivers of program and policy responses.

Ending violence is our business is a resource for business leaders who want to take the first step to helping eliminate intimate partner violence.


  • Acknowledgement
  • Foreword
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Executive Summary
    • Introduction
    • Intimate partner violence in Asia and the Pacific
    • Promising Practices: Case Studies from Asia and the Pacific
      • Business Coalition for Women in Papua New Guinea
      • Care International Papua Guinea
      • Coffey International
      • Commonwealth Bank
      • International Finance Corporation
      • National Alliance of Teacher and Office Workers
      • National Rugby League
      • Newcrest Mining Limited
      • Samoa Stationery and Books
      • St. Barbara
      • Telstra
      • Westpac
      • World Bank Group
    • Spotlight: Connecting sexual harassment and intimate partner violence
    • Insights into practice: next steps for organisational leaders
    • Tools and reference materials

This report originally appeared on the UN Women website.

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