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Family Violence and the Workplace Project

Family Violence and the Workplace Project

Over the years, we have provided advice and representation to clients, usually women, whose experience of family violence has had a detrimental impact on their employment. We know that maintaining employment for people experiencing family violence is extremely important for their security, independence and self-esteem.

In 2018, we received funding from the Victorian Government to commence the Family Violence and the Workplace Project which, among other things, involves enhancing our capacity to represent and assist Victorian workers experiencing family violence in circumstances where their employment is or has been impacted including in relation to:

  • Requests for flexible working arrangements or leave entitlements
  • Unfair dismissal claims
  • General protections claims
  • Unpaid wages and other entitlements
  • Unlawful discrimination

How do I access the service?

To request access to the Family Violence in the Workplace service, please fill out the Referrals to JobWatch form on this website.


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 family violence by providing supportive workplace environments and effective workplace responses.

Family Violence and the Workplace Brochure
Discussion Paper – ‘Domestic and Family Violence – A Real Workplace Issue for Women’
Discussion Paper Summary – ‘Domestic and Family Violence – A Real Workplace Issue for Women’

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