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Domestic and family violence

Domestic and family violence happens when one person in a relationship uses violence or abuse to control the other person. It is usually an ongoing pattern of behaviour aimed at controlling a partner through fear.

Assistance for hospital and health service staff

Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service (TCHHS) is committed to providing a healthy and safe working environment for all employees. It is recognised that employees sometimes face difficult situations in their work and personal life, that may affect their attendance, performance at work and/or safety.

The Queensland Government support package for employees includes Directive 4/15 Support for employees affected by domestic and family violence (PDF) that provides public service employees access to:

  • A minimum of 10 days paid special leave;
  • Flexible work arrangements;
  • Reasonable workplace adjustments;
  • Counselling support services available via OPTUM (enter 'Queensland' as the access code) or phone 1800 604 640.

Learning resources


Last updated: 21 November 2017