Most recently we have seen a significant number of employers introducing paid leave entitlements for employees who are victims of domestic violence, including many government departments and the National Australia Bank.

Historically legislation has existed which provides a right to unpaid leave to employees who are the victims of violent crime to attend court proceedings where:

  • a victim of crime suffers actual harm as a direct result of the crime
  • who has a family member who died as a direct result of a violent crime
  • whose child or grandchild is a victim of crime

Victim’s leave can be taken to attend court proceedings and the employee on Victim of Crime Leave is entitled to take a full day of leave to attend such proceedings. The employee is required to give at least one week’s notice if possible, and the employee may take other forms of paid leave in conjunction with Victims of Crime Leave.

If you have been a victim of crime call 1800 000 055 or go to or email for support and advice.

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