Family Violence Policy
ATC is committed to supporting customers who are affected by family violence. This policy outlines the ways in which ATC seeks to provide our customers experiencing family violence with safe, supportive, timely and flexible assistance.
Australian Law defines "family violence" as "violent, threatening or other behaviour by a person that coerces or controls a member of the person's family, or causes the family member to be fearful".
Family violence is not limited to physical violence and may also include emotional, psychological, financial, sexual abuse and threats of abuse.
For the purpose of this policy, "customer" includes an individual insured, a third-party beneficiary, a potential customer or an individual an insurer is seeking to recover money from.
ATC has developed a family violence training program. This program has been designed to provide our staff with the skills to ensure they:
- Are able to identify customers affected by family violence;
- Are aware of and understand ATC's policies and procedures when they are engaging with someone experiencing family violence; and
- Deal with customers experiencing family violence appropriately and with sensitivity.
We understand our customers who have experienced family violence may be unable to or be reluctant to disclose their circumstance. Therefore, our staff will be trained to identify signs that may indicate that a customer is experiencing family violence.
Training will be an ongoing process and will primarily focus on developing our staff's skills, knowledge competencies and understanding of customers experiencing family violence.
We acknowledge that the privacy and confidentiality of customers experiencing family violence is important for their safety. We will therefore work closely with our customers to ensure their personal information is protected. This may include discussing safe ways to communicate, offering different forms and ways of communicating, or allowing customers to communicate through an authorised support person.
ATC will support those customers affected by family violence throughout the claim process on an individual case-by-case basis. This support may include fast-tracking the assessment of the claim.
Customers who are experiencing family violence who require further assistance and support during the claims process may wish to contact ATC's Legal Counsel Stephanie Nielsen prior to the lodgement of their claim by phone on (03) 9258 1789 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We understand the importance of minimising the number of times a customer is required to repeat the disclosure of their family violence situation. ATC has processes and systems in place to ensure customers do not have to repeatedly disclose their experiences.
We recognise family violence can impact our customers financial wellbeing, including the ability to meet payments.
To assist our customers experiencing financial hardship as a result of family violence we many offer financial hardship assistance which may include providing options for customers to retain their policy if they say they are having difficulties paying their premium.
To apply for your financial hardship assistance please contact our office on 03 9258 1777.
For further support customers may wish to contact the National Debt Hotline on 1800 007 007 or visit their website on ndh.org.au who provide free and confidential financial counselling.
Specialist Support Services
There are a number of specialised services that can assist customers experiencing family violence.
We have listed some of these services below:
1800 737 732
National 24-Hour Family / Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Line
13 11 14
24/7 counselling & referral service for people in a crisis situation
1300 789 978
24/7 support, information and referral service for men with family and relationship issues
1300 224 636
24/7 support to people experiencing anxiety or depression
National Association of Community Legal Centres
(02) 9264 9595
An independent not-for-profit community organisation that provides legal and related services to the public, focusing on the disadvantaged and people with special needs.