From domestic violence to sustainable employment
International research has found that domestic violence is a significant barrier to accessing
and sustaining work (Lloyd and Taluc 1999, 385; Browne et al. 1999, 398).
In the Australian context, the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research reports that
between 6 and 9 per cent of Australian women aged 18 and over are physically assaulted each
year and that more than half of all women in Australia experience sexual or physical violence
across their adult lifetime. Such behaviour has been estimated to cost $8.1 billion, of which
$4.4 billion is estimated to be borne by the victims themselves, $1.2 billion by the general
community and smaller amounts by friends and family and various levels of government
(Access Economics 2004). This assessment underestimates the costs of domestic violence in
terms of the inability of those who have experienced domestic violence to move into and
secure sustainable employment options.
Despite these statistics there is a dearth of Australian research focussing on the link
between domestic violence and its impact on long-term sustainable employment for those
who have been subjected to such violence.
This paper explores the issue of domestic violence and access to work opportunities.
In so doing, it links the work of Gianakos (1999) and her Career Development theory with
that of Bandura‘s (1989) Social Cognitive Career Theory to develop a framework which
would provide a pathway to enable those who have suffered domestic violence to achieve
sustainable employment and economic independence.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Domestic Violence, Sustainable Employment|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School|
Current > Schools > School of Management
|Deposited On:||24 Nov 2010 09:44|
|Last Modified:||11 Aug 2011 04:09|
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