JobWatch is deeply concerned about the workplace rights and needs of women affected by domestic and family violence.
68% of Australians subjected to domestic and family violence are employed and calls to JobWatch provide a stark picture of an unsupportive workplace environment with reports of employer frustration, suspension of shifts and a high proportion of calls involving dismissal for reasons directly related to experiences of domestic and family violence.
JobWatch represented a woman who was dismissed by her employer, while her alleged abusive partner retained his position with the same company.
JobWatch has produced a discussion paper, “Domestic and Family Violence – A Real Workplace Issue For Women,” to create understanding and urging employers, government and other stakeholders through legislation and policy to assist working women experiencing domestic and family violence by providing supportive workplace environments and effective workplace responses.
JobWatch has also produced a factsheet to help women who are affected by domestic and family violence better understand their rights. If you are experiencing domestic and family violence and would like to obtain assistance, please refer to the family and domestic violence brochure below.