A deal has been inked between a Victorian regional council and a union, according to which those who have been the victims of domestic violence will now be entitled to another 20 days paid leave.
The deal between Torquay-based Surf Coast Shire and the Australian Services Union is being regarded as the globe's most advance workplace accord on family violence. It is reported that the agreement was founded on a plan by the Clearinghouse, a study and an advocacy group on domestic violence.
Ludo McFerran, Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse project official, said that it was the foremost time that a workplace deal in Australia has incorporated 20 days of paid leave for victims of family violence.
She said, "From what I can find it's world's best practice. It's a really brilliant development".
Meanwhile, ASU Assistant State Secretary, Lisa Darmanin said that the union that symbolizes over 20,000 Victorians would request that a family violence clause should be brought in all the talks with the bosses.
According to a 2004 Access Economics report, the yearly expenditure of domestic violence in Australia is $8 billion, with women being the sufferers in most of the cases.
The police registered 35,720 cases of domestic violence in 2009-10, Victorian crime figures revealed.