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It’s Time to Talk about Sexual Harm at Work Summit
14-Apr-2021
Leaders' Summit: It's Time to Talk About Sexual Harm at Work
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Domestic Violence Victims Protection Act: two years on
31-Mar-2021
Thursday, April 1st 2021 marks two years since the Domestic Violence - Victims Protection Act 2018 took effect.
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Women’s Refuge endorses DVFREE
05-Mar-2021
From March 2021, Women’s Refuge Responsive Workplace Programme and Accreditation will be merging with Shine’s DVFREE Programme and DVFREE Tick Accreditation.
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Suncorp New Zealand receives DVFREE Tick
05-Mar-2021
Suncorp is the 15th employer awarded the DVFREE Tick, with more currently working towards this accreditation.
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IAG DV programme featured on Wellplace
04-Feb-2021
The Wellplace website - a guide to workplace wellbeing run by the Health Promotion Agency – now features a case study on IAG’s staff domestic violence programme
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Shine webchat service going live Nov 25th
24-Nov-2020
Shine is launching a new online chat service via the Shine website on November 25, International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women.
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Privacy = safety for customers affected by domestic violence
19-Nov-2020
New Zealand’s new Privacy Act goes into force 1 December 2020.
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Entrepreneurial Women with Purpose podcast features DVFREE Advisor Holly Carrington
13-Nov-2020
Holly is focused on building a world where we can be safe, shifting the culture of New Zealanders and bringing attention to an issue that was amplified during lockdown and an onslaught of demand of the services of Shine.
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Technology used to abuse and to protect from abuse
21-Oct-2020
During Techweek NZ in July, Shine was part of discussion about the role of technology in domestic abuse and what can be done to create safer digital environments.
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Holly Carrington Women of Influence Award finalist
20-Oct-2020
Shine's DVFREE Advisor Holly Carrington is a finalist in the 2020 Westpac Women of Influence New Zealand awards, with award winners to be announced November 17th.
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Financial planning for leaving an abusive partner
30-Jun-2020
Westpac financial planning experts and Shine’s Holly Carrington are quoted in this Westpac RedNews article containing useful and practical tips for people preparing to leave a relationship with an abusive partner.
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Customers experiencing domestic violence
23-Jun-2020
While improving responsiveness to customers experiencing vulnerability - including those experiencing domestic violence - is a hot topic for financial institutions in NZ and overseas, it is an issue for many other businesses who serve the public as well.
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Wellbeing in the Workplace
18-Jun-2020
Employee wellbeing is of growing interest for HR and related professionals. Shine has presented on domestic violence from a wellbeing perspective at various forums.
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First Responder Training back in city centres and online
18-Jun-2020
First Responder Training is back up and running in main city centres Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, hosted by Shine, Business NZ, and Westpac respectively.
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Welcome DVFREE Tick partners AIG & NIWA
18-Jun-2020
We belatedly welcome and congratulate our newest DVFREE Tick partners AIG NZ Ltd and NIWA, who earned their accreditation in February and March respectively.
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Advice for employers: remote working & family violence, updated 4 May
24-Mar-2020
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, many employees are being encouraged or required to work from home. An unintended consequence for employees being abused by an intimate partner or family member, is that they may have to spend more time with that person and thus be at a heightened risk of further abuse.
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AA Insurance awarded Shine’s DVFREE Tick for creating a domestic violence-free workplace
31-Jan-2020
AA Insurance is one of two New Zealand insurers, and the 12th NZ employer, to achieve the DVFREE Tick.
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ASB gets DVFREE Tick to support staff wellbeing
09-Dec-2019
ASB has been awarded the DVFREE Tick, demonstrating its commitment to create a domestic violence-free workplace where staff can feel safe and supported.
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DB Breweries Ninth Employer Awarded the DVFREE Tick
08-Oct-2019
Congratulations to DB Breweries for being awarded the DVFREE Tick.
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Callaghan Innovation gets DVFREE Tick to support staff wellbeing
01-Oct-2019
Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand’s innovation agency, has been awarded the DVFREE Tick, demonstrating its commitment to creating a domestic violence-free workplace where staff can feel safe and supported.
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The Trusts Awarded the DVFREE Tick
26-Jul-2019
The Trusts West Auckland is the first hospitality organisation and the eighth organisation in the country to receive the DVFREE Tick.
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Human Rights Commission and Social Investment Agency awarded DVFREE Tick
17-Jun-2019
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the Social Investment Agency (SIA) were both awarded the DVFREE Tick this week.
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IAG first insurer to get DVFREE Tick
30-May-2019
IAG is the fifth employer, and first insurer, to be awarded the DVFREE Tick by Shine.
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Non-violence programmes not just for ‘violent’ men: one man’s message
03-May-2019
Following is a social media post written by a young man who participated in Shine’s No Excuses non-violence programme, and is shared with his permission. We hope that sharing this post will help more people seek help for their problem behaviours in relationships.
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Holly Carrington on The AM Show: Domestic violence leave no problem, employers say
03-Apr-2019
Holly Carrington of domestic violence charity Shine says employers who already offer staff domestic violence leave haven't had any trouble.
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Holly Carrington in The Spinoff and Stuff: Don’t be the employer that asks for proof of domestic violence
02-Apr-2019
Domestic violence is often invisible in the workplace until victims feel reassured that it is safe—and worthwhile—to disclose. So it’s easy for employers to believe it doesn’t happen ‘in my business’ or ‘in this sector’.
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Employers and the Domestic Violence Victim's Protection Act
28-Mar-2019
Is your workplace ready for the Domestic Violence Victims Protection Act to go live this Monday April 1st? Shine's Holly Carrington spoke on Nine to Noon this morning about what employers can and should be doing to support staff who experience domestic violence.
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Message for NZ Employers on International Woman’s Day
08-Mar-2019
To mark International Women's Day, Shine's Holly Carrington (centre) joined with (L to R) Iain Lees-Galloway MP, Under-Secretary of Family and Sexual Violence Jan Logie MP , Kiri Hannifin from Countdown, Gina McJorrow from ANZ, New Zealand Human Rights Commission Acting Chief Executive Pele Walker, and Susan Barker from Women's Refuge - to encourage businesses to prepare for the Domestic Violence Victims' Protection Act taking effect on 1st April.
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Stuff gets the DVFREE Tick
04-Mar-2019
During Shine’s Light It Orange campaign week (March 3-9), Stuff became the first media company to get a DVFREE Tick from Shine.
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Parliamentary Service awarded DVFREE Tick
23-Nov-2018
The Parliamentary Service provides administrative and support services to members of Parliament and the House of Representatives. The Service is the largest agency on the parliamentary precinct employing more than 700 staff, including 247 people who are based in out-of-Parliament offices around the country.
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I wasn’t bleeding, but I was broken
23-Nov-2018
I explain domestic abuse to people as a storm. When you’re out at sea in a storm and you can’t see your hand in front of your face, all you can focus on is surviving the next wave – a wave you may or may not be able to see.
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Domestic violence victims able to take a new form of leave
26-Jul-2018
The Domestic Violence Victims Protection Act passed today and will come into effect in April 2019.
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Ministry of Justice first public sector employer with the DVFREE Tick
19-Apr-2018
Congrats to the Ministry of Justice for being the second organisation and the first public sector employer to receive Shine's DVFREE Tick for their domestic violence staff programme.
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Violent boyfriend cost Auckland woman three jobs in a year
03-Oct-2017
'..Rebecca and those like her get punished for their partners' behaviour — unfairly. Shine aims to help bosses and colleagues notice and help domestic abuse victims, through a new programme called the DVFree Tick
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David McLean: NZ workplaces can do more to address family violence & NZHerald Focus video interview with Shine’s Holly Carrington about the DVFREE Tick
03-Oct-2017
Westpac now formally recognised as New Zealand's first Domestic Violence Free (DVFREE) employer with the DVFREE Tick
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Westpac leads way on family violence
03-Oct-2017
Westpac is the first organisation to earn a DVFREE Tick - an accreditation that recognises the bank's comprehensive domestic violence programme
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Domestic Violence Costs Employers $368 Million a Year
27-Apr-2017
Did you know domestic violence costs employers $368 million annually due to lost productivity?
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