As first responders, emergency services workers put themselves in harm’s way to care for the community. Yet when it comes to their own well-being, numerous independent investigations reveal that frontline workers confront violence, bullying, harassment and unethical conduct, both from the public and from within their own ranks.
Investigations by Victoria’s Human Rights Commission reveal culture and conduct issues such as bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination are common across the state’s ambulance, police and fire services. 158 interviews across the fire services revealed serious under-reporting of bullying and harassment.
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