West Coast LEAF collaborated with Rise Women’s Legal Centre to provide input to the BC government regarding paid leave for employees who are survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence. It is our position, as gender equality organizations, that survivors of violence should receive at minimum 10 days of paid leave and that the framework for accessing leave should be as low-barrier as possible. Survivors should not have to deal with onerous requirements to prove their need for a paid leave, which would create a barrier to seeking safety and reinforce the myth that false reporting is common (it is, in fact, exceedingly rare).

Read our submission here.