Updated: Sep 27, 2019
CEO Safe Space Workplace, Lisa McAdams says companies working with lived experience advocates must remunerate individuals appropriately to show respect for the insights and in many instances additional post graduate training lived experience advocates bring to the table in helping companies understand and better respond to Domestic and Family Violence impacting their employees.
She says, "Once someone leaves an abusive relationship the journey to reclaiming one's life is often long and slow. In many instances, what we will be talking about at CXBankS is very much the norm, years of financial abuse still play out, with economic recovery often not a reality. Workplaces must be sensitive to the problem they seek to help, and ensure that every interaction with a survivor/victim considers financial safety.
My own journey is now over 12 years ago and I can tell you from first hand experience it was tough."
Her company, Safe Space Workplace a Domestic & Family Violence Workplace Training specialises in the implementation of Domestic Violence support training into workplaces. Lisa's first client was EY and since then she has worked with some of the biggest companies and Government Departments.
As a Domestic Family Violence Survivor, with a corporate background Lisa has the knowledge and understanding of what businesses need.
Lisa is passionate about educating workplaces, so employees impacted by DFV are offered the right support because she understands the impact of financial abuse and knows continued employment is key for financial stability along with psychological and emotional well-being.
As a professional speaker she utilises her lived experience to connect and relate to the audience Lisa’s passion for changing the conversation around DFV and engaging with workplaces is at the core of all she does.
Lisa is the author of the book Domestic Violence Changing Culture Saving Lives. A workplace guide for developing a culture of understanding and empathy.
Launched by the NSW Government and EY in 2018 this book helps workplaces to better understand the complexities of domestic family violence, the impact on their business and, the role the workplace plays. It helps employers better understand the signs and symptoms of domestic family violence, embeds empathy and understanding, and develops the confidence to communicate effectively.
Lisa shares her knowledge, strategies, and advice intertwined with her personal story to deepen the understanding of this complex issue.
Tickets to CXBank$ are free. It's an ONLINE webinar style gathering being held on October 10, World Mental Health Day. Three expert panels discuss the intersection of Domestic and Family Violence, Mental Health and Financial Abuse. The WHO declared theme for this year's World Mental Health Day is Suicide Prevention. Join the conversation #cxbanks