Holly Carrington of domestic violence charity Shine says employers who already offer staff domestic violence leave haven’t had any trouble.
“There’s very low uptake of this leave, but certainly what we know in our work with victims is just having this leave when it’s needed can be a lifeline,” she told The AM Show. “When the leave is taken, it’s usually taken in very small increments – a day or two, or some number of hours.”
Carrington says taking the full two weeks’ leave is “very rare”, as for some victims, work is the safest place they can be. “For a lot of them, their job is their lifeline, so they don’t want to do anything that’s going to jeopardise that.”