The Government has just recently confirmed the effective date of implementation for the new provision of Domestic violence leave under the Work Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023.

Effective from Monday, November 27th, 2023, the legal entitlement of up to five days paid leave over a period of 12 months will be made available to employees and must be provided by employers to those affected by domestic violence.

As highlighted by the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman in August, victims of domestic violence will receive their full pay if they need to take domestic violence leave.

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.

Support materials and services for Employers developing their workplace domestic violence policies have been developed by Women’s Aid in conjunction with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

The policy offers clarity and support to both Employers and co-workers in responding to the needs of an Employee subjected to domestic violence.

Further information and resources for the implementation of domestic violence leave are available on the Domestic Violence At Work website –


For support on the development of your policy requirements contact the expert team at Adare Human Resource Management for information on the supports available through our Partnership Programme.

If you are interested in getting additional support from our experts at Adare Human Resource Management, please contact us at 01 561 3594 or email