LETTER: DV leave entitlement doesn’t solve the problem
GOVERNMENTS are not renowned for choosing effective solutions to problems but are expert at "Mickey Mouse" solutions that merely serve to give the impression of "doing something" by throwing money at it.
The latest is Jackie Trad's triumphant announcement that victims of domestic violence employed in the public service will be entitled to an additional 10 days of annual leave, "no questions asked", such as leave to attend a solicitor's appointment.
I am curious to know how this is actually going to work in contributing to end domestic violence.
Is this leave intended for a year or two at most, to attend solicitor appointments and counselling, aimed to get the woman out of a trap and make a new life?
If the law does its job to remove victims from danger, this leave would be a constructive step.
Or, is this leave to be made available indefinitely for years, which would only be required if intending to support a woman's decision to remain in a violent household, by taking leave for treatment of repeated injuries and time to hide a black eye from colleagues.