Royal Commission recommends family violence leave provisions in Victoria
The Victorian government should begin a public campaign to urge other employers to provide family violence leave entitlements to their employees, a Royal Commission has been told
Quoted from Julie Kun, the deputy head of the Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Family violence leave was more powerful than just “personal leave” because it sent a message to abusers that employers and society did not tolerate their behaviour”.
The hearing was told of a woman, who was not identified, who had moved to Australia after an arranged marriage in another country and hoped to continue working as a nurse. Her husband controlled her life and made it miserable.
Employer allowed time for counselling etc
Her supportive employer allowed her opportunities for counselling, leave at short notice and support for further training, and she was able to leave the abusive relationship, the commission heard.
Society should accept that women who suffer family violence be given time to free themselves from the danger of violence and eventually recover.