Your SEIU-West Young Worker Committee (YWC) has launched a new petition as a part of their mental health campaign – #YWFightStigma. The goal of the petition is to gather support for legislation that will ensure job security for victims of domestic violence.
There is a very clear connection between domestic violence and mental health. Experiencing abuse can lead to severe mental health problems. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, addictions, and anxiety to name a few.
That’s why your YWC wants Saskatchewan to follow in the steps of Manitoba and Ontario. Manitoba has already passed legislation to ensure job security, and Ontario is close behind. Our petition calls for all Saskatchewan employers to ensure that victims of domestic violence can access five to ten days of paid work leave and unpaid leave if required.
With Saskatchewan’s reputation as having the highest rates of domestic violence amongst all provinces, it is vital that we take steps to protect those experiencing domestic violence.
Victims of domestic violence should not be further victimized at work. People who want to escape domestic violence must have financial stability and a supportive work environment.
SEIU-West supports legislation that will ensure job protection for victims of domestic violence. We need to move beyond the idea that domestic violence is “nobody’s business” – it is a critical issue. We need to act!