What Is, And How Do We Manage Domestic Violence leave?

August 4, 2019

What is Domestic Violence Leave? 

  1. The act gives employees affected by domestic violence (could even be a child that they support) the right to take up to 10 days of paid domestic violence leave per year 

  2. The affected employee can also ask, in writing, for short-term flexible working arrangements, for up to two months 

Key Points: 

  • It doesn’t matter when the domestic violence took place 

  • Only entitled to it once they have worked for more than 6 months and at least an average of 10 hours a week and must have worked 1 hour each week or 40 hours each month 

Quick Glance Process: 

  • The employer can ask the employee for proof (from police, doctor, support organisation or support person) – must be within 3 days of request 

  • The employee has 10 working days from request to provide the proof 

  • Employer must respond within 10 working days of receiving the proof, or initial request if don’t require proof 


  • Didn’t get proof within 10 working days, without reasonable excuse (same with leave) 

  • Inability to reorganise work among existing staff 

  • Inability to recruit additional staff 

  • Detrimental impact on quality of work 

  • Detrimental impact on performance 

  • Planned structural changes 

  • Detrimental effect on ability to meet customer demand 

If you ever have a staff member request Domestic Violence leave or a flexible working arrangement, and want some advice, please feel free to give Lisa a call on her DDI on 928 4277. 

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