Damian and Rae Panlock established Brodie’s Law Foundation in memory of their 19 year old daughter, Brodie, who tragically took her own life in September 2006 after being relentlessly bullied at work. Victoria’s anti-bullying legislation, known as Brodie’s Law, commenced in June 2011 and made serious bullying a crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail.The Department of Justice and Brodie’s Law Foundation launched the ‘Take a Stand Against Bullying’ campaign in August 2012. This was followed by an on-road campaign with the support of the Department of Justice.
Brodie’s Law has changed perception in Victoria and other states about the serious nature of bullying and the damaging consequences it may have. Brodie’s Law aims to raise awareness of the issue of workplace bullying and help prevent it through awareness programs, public speaking, lobbying to streamline the law in other states and working together with workplaces, unions, government and education sectors. This is all to ensure organisations are taking appropriate actions to reduce the risk of bullying and create a positive culture.
“Brodie’s death is a tragic reminder of the serious consequences workplace bullying can have on victims, their families and the community,” Damian said.