Support for domestic violence leave welcomed by women’s centre

Penrith Women's Health Centre manager Jane Gold with Lindsay MP Emma Husar.
Penrith Women's Health Centre manager Jane Gold with Lindsay MP Emma Husar.

A local women’s service provider has welcomed federal Labor's support for paid domestic and family violence leave for workers.

The Opposition announced that a Shorten Government would legislate for 10 days paid leave for domestic and family violence.

The electorate of Lindsay has the second highest number of domestic violence related assaults in the state, and Penrith Women’s Health Centre manager Jane Gold welcomed the announcement.

“We know that women who experience family and domestic violence struggle with the time it requires to go to court, see solicitors and police, receive counselling and – in many cases - find alternative accommodation,” she said.

“At a time when women and their children are most vulnerable, this leave will at least help keep their employment stable.”

Lindsay MP Emma Husar said it was estimated that around two out of every three women who experience domestic violence are in the workforce.

“To have domestic violence leave will mean women can ensure their safety and the safety of their children, without fearing that they will lose their jobs,” she said.

“The impact this will have on their lives cannot be overstated.

“We know that economic insecurity is one of the main reasons that women stay in dangerous situations.”