We Won’t Wait successfully saw the Federal Government introduce five days’ paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave into the National Employment Standard. This was a significant win, but the push to see it included in the private sector continues.
Why is this important? In Australia a woman dies every week because of family and domestic violence. Family and domestic violence is the leading cause of death, disability and illness among women aged 15-44 years, greater than cancer or heart disease. And yet access to paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave is limited.
Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave means a woman can access support services so she can leave a violent situation. She can attend court, doctor’s appointments, meet with real estate agents, change her children’s school, all without the fear of losing her job.
Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave will save lives.