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Australian women need paid domestic violence leave

Media Release
Larissa Waters 4 Jul 2017

The safety net for women leaving abuse and violence should include 10 days of paid domestic violence leave say the Australian Greens.

“In 2015, a majority Senate inquiry report  recommended that victims of domestic and family violence should have access to appropriate leave provisions, which assist them to maintain employment and financial security,” says Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, Senator Larissa Waters.   

“The Australian Greens have been calling for 10 days of paid domestic violence leave for years, so we’re disappointed by the Fair Work Commission’s decision. 

“We won’t stop pushing for paid domestic violence leave. 

“For women to maintain their economic independence and give them the best chance of escaping from a violent situation, they need access to paid leave.

“Paid domestic violence would allow employees to take time off work to attend court hearings, counselling, medical or legal appointments and find safe housing, whilst keeping employment.

“Raising awareness of domestic violence is commendable but we must also ensure the safety net available for the people we encourage to leave dangerous situations is robust as possible”.

"One in four Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner.

“On average, at least one woman a week is killed by a partner or former partner each week.

“In the face of these statistics, employers should be doing all they can to support their employees escaping violent and abusive situations”.

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