We Won’t Wait - ACTU Australian Unions
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We Won’t Wait

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,

We call on the Federal Government to support the thousands of women experiencing violence.

We call on the Federal Government to immediately introduce legislation which will see the inclusion of ten days’ paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave in the National Employment Standard.

Why is this important?

In Australia a woman dies every week because of family and domestic violence.

Some women were killed at work. Many of these women were employed. Most did not have access to paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave.

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. It means 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.

The estimated cost of introducing a minimum 10 days’ paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave in the National Employment Standards is just five cents per day per worker.

The estimated cost of family and domestic violence to the economy is $12.6 billion per year.

When 800,000 women in work have experienced sexual or family violence access to 10 days’ paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave will make a real difference.

The Federal Government must act.


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  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-11-07 16:32:49 +1100
    Help these women (& men) move on to reach their full potential and to contribute to society using their high potential. These ‘victims’ are not lesser beings and deserve the same chance in life as as EVERYONE else. Without this leave their experience of abuse is prolonged and their lives and those of their children are at high risk. The children’s future and chance of reaching their full potential is significantly curtailed.
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  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-10 16:06:59 +1100
    I’d like to see the term “domestic violence” replaced by something else, because there is a perception that it’s “ONLY domestic violence”. I read a news item recently where the neighbours heard a woman being beaten to death by her husband but didn’t call the police because it was “only a domestic”. The perpetrators get the impression they have a right to attack their wives because it is “ONLY” a domestic. Even the police have admitted in the past that less attention is paid to domestic assaults than other forms of violence. Let’s call it by what it is – “VIOLENT ASSAULT”. And yes, the survivors need time off work to sort out their lives, so I support this petition
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-10 16:02:32 +1100
    I support this petition 100% but a fundamental cause of much domestic violence must be addressed also, which is PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). PTSD is not just an outcome of a direct trauma, such as on the battle field, or law enforcement, but is passed on epic-genetically because the suffer’s brain is altered in ways that are passed on genetically to their children born after the event, causing them to be vulnerable to trauma. From personal experience I know parents with PTSD traumatise their children, raising them in insecure, emotionally detached, violent domestic environments where alcohol is the self medication of choice. From first contact Australia’s Indigenous peoples have been subjected to intense trauma that continues today how can they not be affected by trauma. See http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/subviewnew.asp?ArticleID=1667
    Apart from the effects of wars on Oz veterans and their families, we have a large demographic of refugees from war torn countries.
    PTSD is hard to treat but this must be implemented as a cause of family violence.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-10 15:14:28 +1100
    Get moving before more die
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-09 16:58:53 +1100
    Must act now. Too many women are dying because of domestic violence. Leaving children without a parent.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-09 14:09:56 +1100
    And kids to stephen salt from g
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-09 14:07:58 +1100
    Help men and woman. stephen salt thy all need help from the g
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-09 14:05:10 +1100
    Stephen salt
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    followed this page 2017-10-09 14:03:37 +1100
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-09 13:28:01 +1100
    Nevertheless, You cannot dodge a bullet. Victims must start off completely fresh. It must be taken as a true commitment to work.
    There is no other choice if you value lives.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-09 12:22:56 +1100
    While I appreciate your comment, Bernice Allen “Perpetrators should be given a mandatory sentence, and victims given alias names to live a new life in a new area, never to be tracked down”, the latter half results in punishment for the victim. She would lose her friends and family, employment and community connections; or put friends and herself at risk if she contacts them. There are plenty of traumatic tales from people relocated under the witness protection scheme.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-09 11:07:34 +1100
    I support this petition 100% and call on my Federal Politicians to do the right thing and introduce legislation which will see the inclusion of ten days’ paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave in the National Employment Standards.
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-09 09:55:16 +1100
    I support this petition 100% and call on my Federal Politicians to do the right thing and introduce legislation which will see the inclusion of ten days’ paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave in the National Employment Standards.
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    followed this page 2017-10-09 09:55:12 +1100
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-08 21:22:20 +1100
    Perpetrators given a mandatory sentence and victims given a new identity never to be found.
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    followed this page 2017-10-08 10:33:37 +1100
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-08 09:13:05 +1100
    I support this petition 100%. Mr Turnbull DO THE RIGHT THING and fix this pproblem NOW.
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  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-07 19:48:40 +1100
    Perpetrators should be given a mandatory sentence, and victims given alias names to live a new life in a new area, never to be tracked down.
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    followed this page 2017-10-07 19:47:39 +1100
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-07 18:54:58 +1100
    Not only do the victims come into the workplace, so do the perpetrators bring their toxic behaviour into the workplace.

    While the perpetrator keeps their home and job security, the victim has to flee and hide! Losing precious income as well as their home and security. Children are taken away from their beds and familiar family and friends. Hearts broken as they are forced to leave in fear of retaliatin! Perpetrators threaten for years, If you leave no-one else will have you! I will kill you and the children. We have to hide! How will the victim and usually the children be protected after they leave? Because if the perpetrator knows where you are! They will be there to threaten and maime! So far no-one has put in place how they will be protected if they are able to keep their job! Will others be willing to allow the victim into the workplace knowing that they also face the wrath of the perpetrator?

    Evalyn
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-07 18:42:34 +1100
    Great responses everyone, however 10 days is not long enough for paid family & domestic violence leave. Agree with Jude Marshall. The perpetrator has to go!
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-07 18:42:34 +1100
    Great responses everyone, however 10 days is not long enough for paid family & domestic violence leave. Agree with Jude Marshall. The perpetrator has to go!
  • test actuonline
    commented 2017-10-07 17:33:16 +1100
    While I absolutely agree with paid DFV leave, I cannot agree with the reasoning that it is to enable the victim to leave. We are punishing the victim yet again. Why should she be urged to leave her home, her friends, her possessions, property, pets, and community? The perpetrator should be oustered immediately, and only allowed to return, or make contact, after undergoing a behaviour change program. I realise that many factors, including the victim’s wishes, should be considered, but if we took the right of safety for the victims (including children and relatives) as the prime consideration, we may minimise the horrible and multiple consequences of DFV.