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Dealing with Domestic Violence
for HR Practitioners

1 day course

The trauma of Domestic violence will impact every aspect of an employee’s life.

Countless hours are lost in dealing with the emotional, logistical and financial fallout of domestic violence. This is a very real issue for companies in South Africa, where the prevalence of domestic violence is one of the highest in the world.

This course, run by Lindsay Ziehl (MBE),
trains HR staff to support, guide, inform and empower victims in their employ.

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Course Content and Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course the delegate should understand:

  • What domestic violence is
  • Who the abused are
  • What type of person an abuser is
  • How to identify all forms of domestic violence
  • Effects of domestic violence on children and on the victim
  • Signs that an employee may be a domestic violence victim and how to approach them
  • How to organise a room or a quiet place to address a victim and put them at ease
  • Things to consider when addressing a victim and what could possibly happen
  • The reasons why some victims stay with their abuser
  • Talking to a victim and what effect it has on you
  • Excuses the abuser uses to blame the victim
  • How to advise the victim of a safety plan 
  • Preparing to leave and what to take
  • Shelters – what they provide and what they expect from the survivor 
  • Leaving the province or country with children
  • Approaching the authorities/ police /courts 
  • Protection orders – steps to take when applying, how to obtain a protection order, breaching a protection order 
  • Anti-harassment orders
  • Statistics
  • SAPS Commitment  
  • Complaint mechanisms
  • Important contact details and help line numbers

Course Facilitator


Paul Harris Fellowship (Rotary International)

Merit award : Citizen of the Year (The Herald newspaper)

Top 101 Most Influential People in S.A. (Simonsvlei)

Feather Award : Humanitarian of the Year

The White Ribbon Award : Humanitarian Work

Finalist : Business Women of the Year (BWASA)

Jet Humanitarian Award (Western Cape)

Jet Humanitarian Award (South Africa)

Women of Valour Award

The International Humanitarian Ambassador 2015 (Toronto, Canada)

The Washington Humanitarian Award (Washington USA)

MBE Title
awarded for her work with vulnerable women in South Africa
(HRH Queen Elizabeth 11 July 2015 at Buckingham Palace)

First woman ever in its history to be invited
to speak at the Charles Glass Society

Lindsay Ziehl (MBE)

Lindsay Ziehl is a passionate, highly experienced advocate for the rights of women and children in the highly complex area of GBV (Gender Based Violence). A dynamic, well-known and well-loved public speaker, trainer and counselor, Lindsay has provided many companies (of all sizes) with an insight into this highly topical subject.


As a qualified therapist majoring in Trauma Therapy, she has – over the space of almost two decades – counselled and supported countless individuals and families affected by Domestic Violence, assisting with Protection Orders, crisis intervention, mediation, hospital visits, court case reports and referrals for psychiatric evaluations.


As the as Manager of The Haven, a shelter for victims of abuse, she has been responsible for the organisation’s Public Relations and Marketing, for managing and training the counselors, for overseeing the day-to-day running of the shelter, and for fundraising.


She co-founded the Port Elizabeth lobby for change, which was charged with the responsibility of fully supporting the passing of the DNA law, which was passed in South Africa in 2014. Presently she is lobbying to make the Sexual Offenders Register and Violent Offender Register available to the public.


Lindsay was invited to share her experiences and knowledge with the Australian Government, and with the head of family violence for the UK in London.


For her tireless work with vulnerable women in South Africa, Lindsay was awarded the highest honour bestowed by HRH Queen Elizabeth II – an MBE Title – which was awarded to her in July 2015 at Buckingham Palace.

In-house Training Rates

for between 5 and 10 delegates*,
a flat daily rate

R 24 700.00

+ a daily fee for each
additional delegate

R 2 100.00

We can tailor-make this course, or customise any combination of courses to suit your organisation’s needs.

If you would like to run this course at your company, please fill in the enquiry form and we will get back to you ASAP.

* Please note that we need a minimum of 5 delegates in order to run this course.

Regional Contacts

Head Office

Sharlene Herandien
Training Manager,
Johannesburg & Gauteng

Western Cape, Northern Cape & Coastal Regions

Leanne Visser
General Manager,
Western Cape & Northern Cape

Are you interested in running this course in your company?
Contact us and we’ll get back to you directly!


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