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Forum fisheries gets tough on domestic abuse

13 March 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Lisa Lahari-Williams -

The Pacific agency for tuna fisheries has expanded its workplace safety to cover family and domestic violence.

In a new policy announced as part of the International Women's Day events last week, Forum Fisheries Agency boss James Movick says workers need to feel safe enough to speak out because what happens at home affects their work.

"Too often we can turn a blind eye to abuse or choose not to find out what is happening," says Movick.

"Sadly, some responses have the effect of blaming the victim. Within the FFA we have stated that we will take action to ensure gender equality and eliminate domestic violence."

James Movick. Photo/ FFA.

The policy provides information and support for victims.

It also sends a clear warning to staff behind any incidents of violence and abuse at home or work, they may lose their jobs under the agency's zero-tolerance stance.