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Paid family and domestic violence leave: a step forward, but more action needed

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Join Nicholes Family Lawyers, Victorian Women Lawyers, and The College of Law for a co-hosted live event to learn about recent changes to paid family and domestic violence and workplace support. This session will be followed by light refreshments at the College of Law Victoria.

Every day, people at work hide the impact of domestic violence, causing physical, emotional, and psychological damage.

Recent changes to paid leave policies are a step in the right direction; but more action is needed to ensure a safe and supportive workplace for all.

In this Nicholes Family Lawyers and Victorian Women Lawyers co-hosted webinar, a panel of experts will discuss issues including:
- the prevalence and impact of family and domestic violence,
- the recent changes to paid family and domestic violence leave,
- how employees can access paid family and domestic violence leave
- how employers can work to better understand family and domestic violence and best-practice ways to implement the new paid leave laws
- domestic and family violence and family law
- the need for further reform, and
- where to go for family and domestic violence support. 

The live panel discussion will be preceded by a screening of family and domestic violence awareness-raising film “The Fort”, which is set in regional Victoria and tells the story of a mother and son living with family and domestic violence.

Welcome & Introduction:
- Sophie Lefebvre; President, Victorian Women Lawyers
- Catherine Giles; Partner, Nicholes Family Lawyers
Panel Members:
- Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon; Director, Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, Monash University
- Michaela Maloney; Partner, K&L Gates
- Shaynna Blaze; Co-Founder, Director, Chairperson, Voice of Change 

Presented by:
Nicholes Family Lawyers

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