End financial abuse this White Ribbon Day
21 November 2022
The Public Trustee of Queensland has pledged to take action against domestic and family violence as part of White Ribbon Day 2022 by educating women about avoiding financial abuse.
Public Trustee of Queensland Samay Zhouand said that staff regularly see the devasting impacts of financial abuse and the effects it has on victims.
“We all have a social responsibility to raise awareness, speak out against behaviours that contribute to gendered violence and support those who may be experiencing domestic or family violence,” he said.
“As part of our community education program, we encourage women to ensure their affairs are in order, as this can help to protect against financial abuse.
“You can protect yourself by nominating more than one attorney in your Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) or making sure you have ‘nominated person’ arrangements in place,” he said.
The Public Trustee of Queensland recently achieved White Ribbon workplace accreditation, becoming one of the first Queensland agencies to receive 100% completion for their manager / supervisor training prior to seeking accreditation.
“Accreditation has been a fundamental milestone for the business in building the capability of staff to identify and respond to those experiencing violence and to embed critical non-violence tolerance within society.
“This is another way we live the values of our Social Responsibility Charter to create a respectful and safe work environment and help to drive social change against domestic violence and abuse within our society.
“We will continue working alongside our partners and the broader community to prevent domestic and family violence in all of its forms,” Mr Zhouand said.
Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman congratulated the Public Trustee for joining more than 240 Australian workplaces that have achieved accreditation.
“Violence against women directly impacts the health and safety of employees, their wellbeing and their work productivity,” Minister Fentiman said.
“All Queenslanders deserve to live free from intimidation, harassment, and violence.
“We can achieve this vision by raising awareness of domestic and family violence, challenging gender stereotypes, and promoting respectful relationships,” she said
The Public Trustee recently partnered with the Queensland Law Society to discuss the importance of advance life planning, including having a will and Enduring Power of Attorney: Advance Life Planning Webinar - YouTube