Anti-discrimination laws will empower victims of family violence? asks Tashina Orchiston and Belinda Smith for the Australian Review of Public Affairs (85).
Women who are victims of family violence have more disrupted work histories, on average have lower personal incomes, have had to change jobs frequently and are more likely to be employed in casual and part-time work than women with no experience of violence. Yet work is a vital structural support for victims, providing them with financial independence, enhancing self-worth, and reducing isolation. Do anti-discrimination laws have a role in helping these women stay in work?