We Won’t Wait
Family and domestic violence is a national crisis.
We know the tragic numbers: on average a woman is killed each week by a partner, ex-partner or family member in Australia.
Hundreds of thousands report facing violence at home – figures that have surged during the pandemic, as many women were trapped further into abusive relationships. The true picture is likely to be even worse.
It’s an unacceptable situation that requires urgent action.
Australian Unions is renewing its call for a minimum of ten days of paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave to be included in national workplace laws to help women escape violent situations.
The Federal Government must act to give every worker access to paid family and domestic violence leave.
Why do we need family and domestic violence leave?
Escaping a violent relationship takes time and money.
It is estimated that moving to find a new, safe place for yourself and your family costs can cost up to $20,000 and take more than 140 hours – but Federal laws currently only provide for five days of unpaid leave.
Paid family and domestic violence leave can give a woman – and it nearly always is a woman – the time, support and job security she needs to escape and recover from an abusive relationship.
One in three employers now offers this leave. All State and Territory Governments do as well but two out of three employees are still missing out.
A woman’s safety shouldn’t depend on her employer. The Federal Government must act now to give all workers access to paid family and domestic violence leave.
It takes paid leave to leave. And we won’t wait, because women can’t wait.
Want to support the campaign for paid family and domestic violence leave?
Already signed the petition but want to do more to support the campaign for paid family and domestic violence leave? The more people and organisations calling for paid leave, the easier it will be to convince political parties to do the right thing.
Download our We Won’t Wait Campaign Guide for actions you can do in your workplace to build support for the campaign, including getting your employer to publicly support it.
You can also download the We Won’t Wait Campaign Kit, which includes a range of campaign resources including posters, petitions, letter templates and social media resources.