The provision of Domestic Abuse Leave will shortly come into effect as part of the Work Life Balance Act. One in four women in Ireland are subjected to domestic violence. This statutory leave entitlement is a pivotal tool to support victims and survivors.
To implement domestic violence leave effectively, it is recommended that employers embed this support measure within a wider organisational response to domestic abuse, outlined in a workplace domestic violence policy. Attendees will hear from experts commissioned by the Government to develop tools for employers supporting employees experiencing domestic violence, and learn from those who have already successfully implemented their own policies and guidelines.
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2
In addition to useful advice about the implementation of Domestic Abuse Leave, attendees will also hear how it can increase staff wellbeing, support staff retention and also reducing the stigma of an issue that causes serious harm in Irish society. Join us by registering for free.
- Women's Aid 24-hour National Freephone helpline: 1800 341 900 or visit the website
- National Male Advice Line: 1800 816 588 or visit the website
Sarah Benson, CEO of Women's Aid
Sarah Benson is CEO of Women’s Aid since 2019. For nine years prior to this role, Sarah was the Chief Executive Officer with Ruhama, an Irish NGO working nationally with women and people affected by prostitution including victims of sex trafficking. In addition, Sarah has previous experience as Manager of the National Domestic Violence Helpline and extensive work in the community and voluntary sector both in Ireland and abroad, working particularly with marginalised ethnic minority women and youth. Sarah was the Irish Expert on Violence Against Women for the European Women’s Lobby Observatory from 2010-2016 and between 2014 – 2019, the Chairperson of CAP International – a coalition of 30+ frontline services across the globe in 24 countries – working directly with women and people in prostitution/victims of sex trafficking. Sarah is a former Vice Chairperson of the Board of the National Women’s Council of Ireland and is a current member of the Board of The Wheel and The Courts Service. Throughout her career Sarah’s passion for human rights, social justice, and equality – in particular for women and girls – remains a constant feature. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts from UCD, a Master of Philosophy (Gender & Women’s Studies) from Trinity College Dublin and a Master Degree in Business Studies (MBS. Business Practice) from UCC (via the Irish Management Institute)
Phillip Gronemeyer, CEO of Allianz Ireland
Aisling Muldowney, Partner- Employment Group at A&L Goodbody
Aisling Muldowney is a partner in A&L Goodbody's Employment group, the largest employment focused legal team in the Irish market. Aisling re-joined the firm this year from Google where she was EMEA Employment Counsel for three years. Before that, Aisling trained with ALG and spent 12 years with its Employment team. Aisling advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of employment law – both contentious and non-contentious. She specialises in advising clients on large scale reorgs and restructurings, post-integration harmonisation, challenging exits and has extensive experience in advising on a range of industrial relations issues including the establishment of European Works Councils.