According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence, perpetrated by someone known to them.
White Ribbon Day acts as a fundraiser to assist those effected, while also spreading awareness about its prevalence, in an effort to prompt action. According to this recent IPSOS survey, domestic violence is perceived to be the most important issue facing Australian women, ranking above sexual harassment and wage inequality.
At McDonald Murholme, we support White Ribbon Day’s message by hosting annual fundraising luncheons in the office and encouraging discourse around the issue.
In employment law, we have seen a move to assist victims of domestic violence in a recent ruling by the Fair Work Commission, which entitles all employees (including part time and casual) to 5 days of unpaid domestic violence leave, as of 1st August 2018.
To read more about the ruling, and see if you are entitled for the leave, see our Employment Law Online blog post here.