Should workers get domestic violence leave?

Workers are used to getting maternity cover and annual leave, but a Queensland council has taken it one step further

Workers are used to getting maternity cover and annual leave, but a Queensland council has taken it one step further offering staff 10 days of domestic violence leave each year.

The Redland City Council says domestic violence is a serious issue in Australia and they want to do what the can to help victims through the difficult experience.

The additional 10 days of paid leave per year means that victims won’t have to sacrifice their annual holiday leave or go without pay if they have to take time off due to emotional or physical injuries.

Redlands mayor Karen Williams said the change is designed to help people maintain their financial independence while they deal with the issue.

“Each year, more than 100 people die in Australia because of domestic and family violence and no community is immune from the effects of this appalling behaviour,” she said.

“In Queensland alone, the statistics are unacceptable, with more than 180 incidents a day reported to police.

“Council recognises that domestic and family violence is a serious violation of human rights that can affect women, children and men socially, emotionally, physically, sexually or financially.

“Victims of domestic and family violence are suffering enough without having to worry about their financial independence and employment as well, and council now has an approved guideline that supports those who are experiencing abuse.”

The move has been met with applause from many people who say this kind of leave should be instated in all work places.

However, others questioned how a move like this would actually help deal with the real issue at hand.

“How does this encourage people in domestic violence situations to leave?” questioned one online commenter.

“This should be unpaid leave. Getting paid leave for this and then claiming victims of crime financial assistance (being the victim of a domestic violence incident automatically qualifies) is double dipping,” said another.

A number of other councils around Australia are reportedly considering a similar move, with some predicting that state governments could soon make it compulsory in all government-run workplaces.

What do you think?

Should every workplace have domestic violence leave? Or, should employers stay out of this issue?

  1. It should be unpaid.

    The picture that you chose reinforces the stereotype that all victims are female and all agressors are male. Be a bit more modern and put up two females, two males or have the injured one be male.

    • I was mistaken on the male, i did not see the small black eye as compared to the two black eye and the mouth covered with the tape.

  2. We already get sick leave, so take that. When I was younger I went to work a few times with a black eye. My thinking at that time was I wasn’t afraid and was not going to give my partner the power to keep me down. I even went to the local pub so his workmates could see what he was capable of. But looking back, I know now I had self esteem issues.

  3. Susan Gabriel.  

    When my husband gave me a black eye, i told people I’d been drunk and had run into a tree branch. I was being loyal to him! Not wanting him to look bad.

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