We Won’t Wait for Domestic Violence Leave


The We Won’t Wait 16 Days of Action campaign is about placing pressure on Mike Baird to act before December 9. We need Mike Baird to stand up at the COAG meeting on Friday, December 9 with other State Premiers and support 10 days of paid domestic violence leave in the National Employment Standards.

One woman is killed in Australia almost every week by a partner or ex-partner. (Australian Institute of Criminology, 2016.)

Two thirds of women experiencing domestic violence also work. Domestic violence doesn’t just happen at home – it follows women to work as well, through threatening emails, phone calls and stalking.

On average, 184 incidents of domestic violence are reported in NSW every day. Yet there is no basic entitlement for a worker experiencing such violence to access leave. This is why we must fight to have this entitlement included in the National Employment Standards.

Domestic violence leave gives women the time they need to attend counselling and support service appointments, court dates, allows them to move home or take their children to new schools in order to escape the cycle of violence.

A bipartisan approach to domestic violence is needed. We won’t wait. We cannot wait. Join us in our calls to the Premier and the Minister for Women. We need ACTION now. 

We’re asking everyone to get involved by downloading this sign, posting a picture of yourself holding it on social media with the hashtag #WeWontWaitDV. Alternatively, you can email it to ph****@ns****.au.


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