Domestic Violence Leave

Paid domestic violence leave has now been commenced with effect from 27th November 2023, as Section 13 AA of the Parental Leave Act 1998 as amended.

Employees are entitled to take up to five days paid domestic violence leave in any consecutive 12 months for the following purposes:

  • to seek medical attention
  • to obtain services from a victim services organisation
  • to obtain psychological or other professional counselling
  • to relocate temporarily or permanently
  • to obtain an order under the Domestic Violene Act 2018
  • to see advice or assistance from a legal practitioner
  • to seek assistance from the Garda Siochana
  • to see k or obtain any other relevant services.

Entitlement to take domestic violence leave is also available to employees for the purpose of assisting a relevant person, in order to do any of the above, with a relevant person defined as:

  • Spouse or civil partner of employee
  • Cohabitant of employee
  • A person with whom the employee is in an intimate relationship
  • A child of the employee who has not attained full age
  • A person who in relation to the employee is a dependant person.

Domestic violence is broadly defined to include violence or threat of violence, and including sexual violence, and acts of coercive control.

Employee should inform their employer that they have taken domestic leave as soon as reasonably practicable after taking it, and the relevant dates.

If an employee is absent for part of a day on domestic violence leave, it will count as a full day.

The entitlement to take paid domestic violence leave is available to all employees (full-time, part-time, fixed term) and there is no service requirement.

The legislation does not require evidence to support the need to take domestic violence leave.