An ethical standards checklist for engaging in domestic violence primary prevention work
It is important to ensure domestic and family violence prevention initiatives meet high ethical standards at each stage of the planning and implementation process. This is part of best practice and risk management.
The following checklist is based on a self-assessment tool developed by the Australian Community Workers Association. Be sure to adapt and review this checklist to meet your needs.
Consider reviewing the Community Workers Association website to familiarise yourself with these considerations. If the answer is ‘yes’, ensure those involved in domestic and family violence prevention initiatives are familiar with it.
Universities often will have human research ethics committees that can provide approval for initiatives or research. The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines may also be consulted.
Are there any policy gaps that may impact on participants, employees or volunteers? For example, are there adequate insurances in place?
Consider developing a selection criteria for volunteers and champions.
Only collect necessary information and ensure there is an understanding of how and when it will be destroyed.
Seek advice from your employer if you are unsure how to collect, store and destroy information.
This may include: having material translated; using correct terms/appropriate language; and/or raising discussions about domestic and family violence in ways that the community is ready for.
Each jurisdiction has different requirements on mandatory reporting. Be familiar with how this affects your role.
This can be as simple as a reference to the code of conduct or establishing ‘house rules’ at the beginning of a workshop.
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Supported by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.