Liverpool supports family and domestic violence leave for staff

Liverpool City Council is on its way to become a White Ribbon Accredited Workplace. Council has adopted a new policy that provides five days of family and domestic violence leave for its employees as well as training for its leaders in how to support a colleague experiencing family and domestic violence.

Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said the adoption of the policy and training was an important step in supporting people experiencing family and domestic violence.

“In adopting our Domestic Violence Workplace Support Policy, we are emphasising Council’s strong stance against family and domestic violence,” Mayor Waller said.

“It is vital that we ensure anyone experiencing family and domestic violence knows they are not alone and that there is no shame in coming forward. We’re telling them ‘We are here for you and we will support you’.”

The policy provides five days of family and domestic violence leave each year and guides managers to consider flexible work arrangements for those affected by family and domestic violence. It also includes a provision for training managers, supervisors and directors so they may be able to offer appropriate support to employees.

“Domestic violence remains one of the greatest injustices of our society and while this policy is a step in the right direction, we also need cultural change,” Mayor Waller said.

“We can no longer turn a blind eye to attitudes that normalise violence against women.”

“It might be calling out a joke about violence against women, challenging someone on derogatory language or offering support to someone you know who may be experiencing violence in the home – we all need to do our part to bring about a violence free future for everyone.”