Support for family violence leave grows

11-07-2018 by admin

COMMITMENT: Premier Daniel Andrews with Minister for Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson and victim advocate Rosie Batty following the release of the findings from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.The state government has supported a push for family and domestic violence leave in all modern awards.
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It said in a submission to the Fair Work Commission that supporting workers who are the victims of family violence made good business sense.

“When women receive support at work, they are more able to leave abusive relationships,” Ministerfor the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson said.

The state government’s submission backs the call by theAustralian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) to insert family and domestic violence leave in all modern awards.

Family and domestic violence is a leading contributor to death, disability and ill health for Victorian women aged between 15 and 44 years.

It takes up 40 percent of Victoria Police’s caseload and has been estimated to cost the Victorian economy $3.4 billion a year.

Two-thirds of Australian women who report violence by a current partner are in paid employment – about 800,000 women, or one in six female workers.

“We are working with victims and survivors of family violence, and with the people and organisations that support them, to build a better system that will help prevent family violence and keep people safe,”Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins said.

The state government has vowed to implementall 227 recommendations resulting from the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

This submission builds onitswork to include a best practice family violence leave model clause inallits public sector enterprise agreements, with the recently signed Victorian Public Service Agreement delivering up to 20 days paid leave per year.

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