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Calls have been renewed for paid domestic violence leave to be accelerated as abuse in the home increases during the pandemic.

The Australian Services Union has launched a new resource for companies and businesses on how to respond to domestic violence while people continue to work from home.

It is celebrated in the same week as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the NSW Police launched a 16-day activism campaign to combat violence in all its forms.

Natalie Lang of the Australian Services Union.
Natalie Lang of the Australian Services Union. (Supplied)

“The pandemic demands that we accelerate the inevitable move to paid domestic violence leave,” said NSW and ACT ASU Secretary Natalie Lang.

“Employers are benefiting from being able to transform people’s homes into a workplace. They must accept the responsibilities that come with that.”

ASU’s resource includes information on potential warning signs and signals, tips on how to respond, and advice on what organizational responses should be ready.

He is also pushing for Attorney General Christian Porter to urgently add the leave to the National Employment Standards, a move that is endorsed by New South Wales Attorney General Mark Speakman.

July investigation showed that the pandemic coincided with the “onset or escalation” of violence and abuse in the home.

“Two-thirds of women who suffered physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic said that violence had started or intensified in the three months prior to the survey,” according to the Australian. Institute of Criminology.

In some cases, abusers have used the threat of contracting coronavirus to control their victims and keep them at home.

Samantha Parker is a domestic violence worker in West Sydney who helps victims of abuse navigate the court system and AVO matters.

Samantha Parker is a domestic violence worker who helps victims navigate the court system.
Samantha Parker is a domestic violence worker who helps victims navigate the court system. (Supplied)

She said paid domestic violence leave would give abuse victims financial independence and job security, whether they are fleeing an immediate threat or need to testify at a later date.

“The women I talk to weekly who are leaving an abusive relationship talk about the importance of paid employment,” Parker told

“A woman was attacked in front of the children and she needed to go to a shelter, so she had paid a leave for domestic violence and was able to do it.”

Ms. Parker said that “having everyone locked in the house together” has not only increased stress but also the opportunity for abusers to extend their control over victims.

“I believe that paid domestic violence leave saves lives,” he said.

Yesterday, the NSW Police launched their “Get Out, Get Away” campaign to end domestic violence.

“Almost all Australians will experience some form of domestic or family violence, either directly or indirectly, during their lifetime – this is a crime that knows no limits when it comes to age, culture or socio-economic status,” said the New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller. said.

He said police respond to about 40 incidents of domestic violence every day.

“Every year some 25 people will die in New South Wales at the hands of someone who claimed to love them, and many more will be seriously injured.

“These incidents are tragic and absolutely unacceptable, and that is why we, as a community, must remain committed to preventing violence of any kind.”

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