American research suggests that 10% of the workforce have experienced violence from their partner in the past 12 months. The impact on work performance puts job security at risk, with up to half the women in one study reporting losing a job, at least in part due to family violence.
What is needed?
• Recognition from employers that family violence sometimes affects employees and a commitment to support employees in this situation.
• Access for employees experiencing family violence to paid special leave for medical appointments, legal proceedings and other activities related to family violence.
• Ability to take paid carers/dependent leave for those supporting a person experiencing family violence to accompany them to court, to hospital or to mind children.
• Employers to agree to reasonable requests for flexible working, relocation, changes to work contact details etc. to avoid harassing contact.
• Access to EAP from professionals trained specifically in family violence.