Redland City Council has further strengthened its support for those affected by domestic and family violence by introducing paid domestic violence leave for employees.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams announced the leave at a candle lighting vigil last night to remember those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.
“Redland City Council is committed to supporting victims of domestic violence and we are one of the first councils in Queensland to introduce domestic violence leave,” she said.
“We will provide an extra 10 days paid leave a year to employees suffering domestic and family violence, helping them maintain financial independence and while they are experiencing abuse.
“Each year, more than 100 people die in Australia because of domestic and family violence and no community is immune from the effects of this appalling behaviour.
“In Queensland alone, the statistics are unacceptable, with more than 180 incidents a day reported to police.
“Council recognises that domestic and family violence is a serious violation of human rights that can affect women, children and men socially, emotionally, physically, sexually or financially.
“Victims of domestic and family violence are suffering enough without having to worry about their financial independence and employment as well, and Council now has an approved guideline that supports those who are experiencing abuse.”
Long-time advocate of local domestic violence services, Deputy Mayor Wendy Boglary, said Council had zero tolerance for domestic and family violence.
“Until domestic violence stops, we need to support its victims so they can seek counselling, legal services or advice from other services that can help to manage their circumstances, without having to worry about taking other forms of leave,” she said.
“In addition to the 10 days paid domestic violence leave, which will no doubt provide relief for victims, the guideline provides a personal safety plan at work for those experiencing domestic and family violence, as well as advice about support services to contact.
“Council is also providing training for officers who may be approached about this issue to ensure these situations can be dealt with in a safe and respectful way, plus an assistance program for victims and their immediate dependants.”