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Domestic violence trial gives tailored help to working women

A new project in Queensland will provide extra support to working women affected by domestic and family violence so they can stay in the job and have financial stability.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman said the Queensland Working Women’s Service will receive $175,000 for its Domestic Violence Work Aware project.

“We know that a significant number of women affected by domestic and family violence are in employment. Having a job gives women some stability in their lives and financial independence, which is absolutely vital if women want to leave an abusive relationship,” she said.

“I’m proud to support a trial of this project, that will provide advice and support that is tailored towards helping working women deal with domestic and family violence in their lives and plan for their future.

“As part of this trial, a suite of resources will be developed to help workplaces identify and support people affected by domestic and family violence.

“It will provide expert advice and referral points to employers that are concerned a staff member may be affected by domestic and family violence.

“Similarly, women will be able to contact the service to find out about their rights, leave or entitlements if they are absent from work due to affected by domestic and family violence.”

The trial will bring together businesses, industry groups, domestic violence service providers, unions, community groups to work together to respond to domestic and family violence. It will be informed by women affected by violence.

Ms Fentiman said the project was another way the Palaszczuk Government is delivering on the recommendations of the Special Taskforce for Domestic and Family Violence in its Not Now, Not Ever report.

“The report identified that a responsive and supportive workforce can make a real difference to victims,” she said.

“We are committed to building the capacity of public, private and community workplaces to support staff affected by domestic and family violence.

“This includes our Domestic and Family Violence Workplace Package which we’re encouraging all local governments, businesses and NGOs to adopt.”

The QWWS is a not-for-profit organisation that supports vulnerable women to keep working to reduce the risk of poverty, welfare dependency or financial hardship.

For more information domestic and family violence services in Queensland go to www.communities.qld.gov.au

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