SWIRLS social work research has made a definitive real-world impact, with the Fair Work Commission (FWC) yesterday handing down a decision that workers should be entitled to 10 days of domestic violence leave. SWIRLS contributed to the decision by preparing two reports for the Commission in its review of Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) leave entitlements in modern awards (see links for report 1 and report 2).
Dr Kate Seymour, lead author of both reports, says SWIRLS is proud to be associated with yesterday’s landmark decision. “This represents a significant step towards achieving greater gender equality in Australia. The FWC decision recognises, both, that employment can provide an important pathway out of violent relationships, and that FDV leave plays a significant role in maintaining this by mitigating some of the barriers to women rebuilding their lives.”
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