Rio Tinto recently became the first Australian mining company to offer a package of services to address domestic violence in their workforce. The benefits are provided for their 19000 employees.

Rio Tinto employees directly affected by family or domestic violence will be eligible for emergency accommodation, short-term financial assistance as well as up to 10 days of extra leave in order to seek legal assistance, appear in court, attend counselling or relocate.

At-risk employees will also have access to safety plans to protect them while they are at work. This includes security, new phone numbers, screening or blocking calls and email protection.

Further, team leaders and human resources staff will continue to be trained to recognise and respond to family and domestic violence in the workplace.

Further information is available here.