Support for Victims of Family or Domestic Violence
1. Background Information
In line with ACU’s mission which expresses a fundamental concern for the dignity of all human beings, this policy seeks to develop a supportive workplace, and guides the response of the University, by supporting staff members who may require assistance as a result of experiencing the effects of domestic violence.
2. Policy Statement
The University is committed to supporting staff experiencing domestic violence to continue to participate in the workplace and maintain their employment. In addition, the University seeks to create a supportive work environment where staff are comfortable in requesting assistance for domestic violence related concerns.
3. Policy Purpose
The purpose of this policy is to inform staff members of their entitlement to Domestic Violence Leave and its application at the University.
4. Application of Policy
4.1 This policy applies to all staff members of the University. Staff members engaged for a specific fraction of a full-time appointment are entitled to the amount of leave available on a pro-rata basis relative to the staff member’s fraction of employment.
Staff members are entitled to access up to five (5) days per annum of Domestic Violence Leave for the purposes of:
Seeking medical and legal assistance;
Attending court appearances;
To make other safety arrangements.
Domestic Violence Leave is non-cumulative.
4.2 In addition to Domestic Violence Leave, staff members can make applications for additional leave. The amount and type of leave provided will be determined by the individual’s situation through consultation between the staff member, supervisor and the Director of Human Resources.
5. Roles and Responsibilities
5.1 Managers and Supervisors
Managers and supervisors are responsible for:
Offering support to staff members who may require assistance as a result of experiencing the effects of domestic violence;
Providing advice to staff members about the University’s Employee Assistance Program;
Considering seeking advice from the Manager Assist service, provided by the University’s Employee Assistance Program, to support staff members who may require assistance as a result of experiencing the effects of domestic violence;
Seeking advice as necessary from Human Resources;
Approving the staff members leave application.
5.2 Staff Members
Should consider seeking support from the University’s Employee Assistance Program;
Should consider seeking support from their Manager or Supervisor;
Should consider seeking advice from Human Resources; and
Completing a leave application via Staff Connect and submitting it to the supervisor for approval.
Managers and Supervisors must ensure that they deal with a staff member’s application for Domestic Violence Leave with sensitivity and ensure all personal information concerning the staff members circumstances and application is kept confidential.
7. Policy Review
The University may make changes to this policy from time to time to assist statutory compliance and or to improve the effectiveness of its operation. In this regard, any staff member who wishes to make any comments about this policy may forward their suggestions to Human Resources.
8. Further Assistance
Any staff member who requires assistance in understanding this policy should first consult their nominated supervisor who is responsible for the implementation and operation of these arrangements in their work area. Should further information or advice be required staff should visit Service Central.