Domestic violence leave can be availed of for a maximum of 5 days in any period of 12 consecutive months and can be taken as individual days or a block/blocks of days. An absence for part of a day is counted as one day for the purposes of domestic violence leave.
The purpose of the leave is to enable the officer who is a victim of domestic violence or abuse, or who is assisting a relevant person, to do any of the following:
- seek medical attention
- obtain services from a victim services organisation
- obtain psychological or other professional counselling
- relocate residence temporarily or permanently
- obtain an order from a court under the Domestic Violence Act 2018
- seek advice or assistance from a legal practitioner
- seek assistance from An Garda Síochána.
During an absence on domestic violence leave, an officer is deemed for all purposes to be in employment.
Once an application is made for this leave type, the details will be treated in the strictest of confidence and are only accessible to the line manager, HR department and specific staff in HR Shared Services.
Where possible, officers who avail of domestic violence leave should notify their line manager of their intention to take the leave (for example, you have been or are supporting someone who has advance notice of a future court date or legal/scheduled appointment).
When leave is taken, the staff member should, as soon as is feasible, confirm to their manager that they have taken the leave and specify the dates on which it was taken.
In the event that your line manager is not available for an extended period to process the leave application, you may wish to contact your local HR unit in confidence and request that they submit the request on your behalf. Alternatively, the leave can be applied retrospectively on your manager’s return.