What is Family Violence Leave?
Family Violence Leave is a leave provision designed to help employees who are victims of family violence stay in paid employment, support them through the process of escaping violence, and secure a safer working environment.
Over 1.6 million Australian workers now have access to paid family violence leave, as part of a union-negotiated workplace agreement.
What is family violence a workplace issue?
Two thirds of women who suffer from family violence are in paid work. Staying in paid work is a critical factor in women maintaining financial independence and escaping family violence.
Many factors impact a family violence victim’s capacity to work, including physical injury, hiding or stealing car keys or transportation money, refusal of partners to show up or care for children, sleep deprivation, being forced out of home, death threats and threats to harm children.
In addition, recent research shows that, among employees who have faced family violence:
about 1 in 5 say the violence continued at the workplace, including abusive phone calls and emails, or the partner physically coming in to work
12% of family violence victims work in the same workplace as their abusive partner
many workers don’t discuss family violence at work for reasons of shame and fear of dismissal
78% believe that workplace entitlements could reduce the impact of family violence in the workplace.