An equality bargaining breakthrough: paid domestic violence leave

This Journal of Industrial Relations article outlines the growth of paid domestic violence leave from 2010 to mid-2013. Applying a model of 'equality bargaining', the article presents a case study of the development and negotiation of one of the first domestic violence clauses providing paid leave in the world. The article is authored by Marian Baird, Ludo McFerran and Ingrid Wright.

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Initial Findings of a Pan-Canadian Survey on Domestic Violence and the Workplace: Can work be safe when home isn't?

Preliminary findings from the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children

UK: Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Unions in Australia have successfully campaigned on domestic violence as a workplace issue. This report explores what the UK can learn from these successes in Australia, outlines the impact of domestic and family violence on UK workers and makes recommendations for workplace reform. 

Read: Domestic Violence and the Workplace, a TUC Survey Report

Effects of sexual violence on employees and the workplace

What are the impacts of sexual violence on people in their jobs and workplaces? What can employers do to support survivors of sexual violence to move forward with their recovery and remain in work?

Read findings of a small but groundbreaking qualitative study on this topic, conducted in Darwin NT by the Safe at Home Safe at Work team in conjunction with Ruby Gaea Darwin Centre and NT Working Women's Centre.

Read Report on a scoping study into the effects of sexual violence on employees and the workplace, April 2014

Read Report Launch Media Release

Implementation and Good Practice | June 2013

What have we learnt about how to introduce and implement domestic violence clauses? Three organisations contribute to our knowledge of good practice.

Domestic and Family Violence Clauses in your workplace: implementation and good practice

Canadians plan a domestic violence and work survey

Good international links are paying off. The Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women (Western University) and the Canadian Labour Congress are planning a partnership which will produce a survey similar to the one conducted in Australia.

The Impact of Domestic Violence in the Workplace: A Leadership Challenge

International developments: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) March 2013

Excellent outcomes from CSW 2013 at the United Nations in New York.  A significant number of countries supported the work of labour organisations to ensure domestic violence is dealt with as workplace issue. An international network of activists on the issue of domestic violence and work has been proposed.

Photos:  CSW 2013, IWD rally in New York, icy march IWD 2013

CSW 2013 agreed conclusions

Ludo McFerran's report on CSW 2013

Impact of DV in the Workplace CSW Event flier

Ludo McFerran's CSW speech

CSW ILO Concept notes

Letter to CSW from Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse

Safe at Home, Safe at Work? National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey (2011)

This report is product of a comprehensive national survey of over 3,600 employees, conducted by the Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse in conjunction with Micromex in accordance with University of New South Wales ethics approval.

It provides clear evidence of the prevalence of domestic violence as it affects the Australian workforce and a focussed assessment of impacts of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. 

Key Findings – National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey (2011)

National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey (2011)

Why Domestic Violence Entitlements Make Economic Sense (2012)

Family violence generates economic costs to the workplace, however evidence says that it makes better economic sense to support an employee suffering domestic violence, via paid leave and safe workplace policies, than have them leave or terminate their employment.

Why domestic violence entitlements make economic sense (2012)

Domestic Violence Clauses: Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (2011)

Developed by the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, in conjunction with the Australian Domestic & Family Violence Clearinghouse, this Monitoring and Evaluation Framework is designed to assess the mid to long term effectiveness of domestic violence clauses on reducing domestic violence and its adverse impacts: both in the workplace and on victims’ labour market outcomes.

Social Policy Research Centre – Domestic Violence Clauses – Monitoring & Evaluation Framework

Workplace Domestic Violence Survey Template

This document is a template that can be used to create a workplace survey on domestic/family violence. 
Survey data can then be used to inform workplace domestic violence policy and procedures. 

Workplace Domestic Violence Survey Questions

Scoping study into the impacts for male domestic violence victims on employment and work 

The aim of this scoping study was to identify, through a number of qualitative interviews with male victims, some preliminary findings on the experience at work of men experiencing domestic violence. 

 Scoping study into the impacts for male domestic violence victims on employment and work