Family violence and employment - our submission

As the only Australian family violence agency which also offers employment support, we have contributed a submission to a Victorian Parliamentary inquiry.

The Victorian Legislative Assembly Economy and Infrastructure Committee are investigating the topic of sustainable employment for disadvantaged jobseekers. As we have operated an employment support service for women for most of the past nine years, we have a unique perspective on some of the challenges women face.

Ninety-four per cent of the women supported by McAuley Works over the past two years have experienced family violence. Many are still facing an immediate threat of violence. This has a significant impact on their ability to be ‘job-ready’, and some women have had to leave jobs because the perpetrator has tracked them down.

Other key points we made in our submission are:

  • Financial independence and economic security are vital for women who want to leave violent relationships
  • family violence has frequently undermined women's work histories, affecting their ability to get work and retain it.
  • Supporting women to gain employment can also help prevent other associated problems - homelessness, impacts on children, poverty and mental health issues - which take a significant social and economic toll on individuals and communities.
  • More traditional employment support services are not able to deal with the multiple and complex issues facing women such as those supported by McAuley Works.
The submission is available for download.