Safe, thriving and secure: Family violence leave and workplace supports in Australia.

Kate Fitz-Gibbon, Naomi Pfitzner, Emma McNicol, Harshita Rupanagudi

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This Report represents the outcome of one component of
the Fair Work Commission’s Family and Domestic Violence
Leave Review. It presents the findings of a project undertaken
to examine employees’ experiences of DFV by exploring
their access to family violence leave and other workplace
supports. In doing so, it draws on the expertise of 302 DFV
victim-survivors who participated in a national survey and 42
victim-survivors who also shared in-depth insight into their
experiences through their participation in an interview with the
research team.

The findings reveal that while significant progress has certainly
been made there is still significant work to be undertaken
across Australian workplaces to provide a culture and a policy
environment where victim-survivors of DFV are safe and are
supported to thrive in paid employment. Experiences of DFV
impact significantly on an individual’s ability to attend work, to
participate meaningfully in work, to fulfill their role expectations,
and to progress their career ambitions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationClayton Vic Australia
PublisherMonash University
Commissioning bodyFair Work Commission (FWC) (Australia)
Number of pages60
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • family violence
  • domestic violence
  • gender equality
  • workplace supports
  • workplace safety
  • workplace policy
  • Paid leave
  • paid family violence leave

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