Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    Family and domestic violence: employers have critical role to play

    5/12/2017 7:05 AM
     
    • State Government calls on Western Australian employers to better support staff experiencing family and domestic violence
    • UN Women report released today highlights the 'critical role' employers play in addressing the issue 

    Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk has called on more Western Australian employers to introduce special leave entitlements for people experiencing family and domestic violence.

     

    The call comes as a report released today by UN Women (National Committee Australia) entitled 'Taking the first step: workplace responses to domestic and family violence', outlines key 'critical' strategies that can be implemented by employers to support victims.

     

    About two-thirds of women experiencing family and domestic violence are employed, making the workplace a key player in making a difference and supporting victims when they most need help.

     

    There are several major companies in WA setting the benchmark. Bankwest originally introduced family and domestic violence provisions in 2014. This included up to 10 days per year of paid leave and was extended to all employees across the CBA Group (which includes Bankwest) in 2015. 

     

    In addition, Bankwest and Group employees supporting a family member who is experiencing family and domestic violence have access to five days per year of paid leave for the purpose of providing support.  Prominent WA resource industry employer Rio Tinto also announced a leave entitlement to support Australian employees directly affected by family and domestic violence.

     

    The McGowan Government is running its inaugural 16 Days in WA to Stop Violence Against Women campaign. It began on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and continues until December 10, which is Human Rights Day.

     

    Comments attributed to Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence Minister Simone McGurk: 

     

    "As the State's largest employer, the McGowan Government recently announced that public sector workers, including casual employees, affected by family and domestic violence would have access to 10 days leave as well as specialised support.

     

    "We now hope other Western Australian employers also consider the impact of family and domestic violence on their workforce, and think about what they can do to support the safety of victims as well as the productivity of their business.

     

    "As the first appointed Minister for Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence in WA, I am here to say this issue remains a priority for the McGowan Government."

     

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