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Leave related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking

You may take reasonable leave to seek help if you or your family member is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

You may take leave:

  • As a single block of time
  • On an intermittent basis
  • On a reduced schedule

Definition of family member

For the purpose of this leave, family member is defined as:

  • Your spouse or domestic partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sister, or brother
  • The child, parent, or grandparent of your spouse or domestic partner
  • A person with whom you have a dating relationship

Reasons for leave

You may take this type of leave for any of the following reasons, when related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking:

  • To seek legal or law enforcement assistance to ensure your personal safety or the safety of your family members
  • To seek treatment by a health-care provider for your physical or mental injuries or to attend the health-care treatment of a family member
  • To obtain, or assist a family member to obtain, mental health counseling
  • To obtain, or assist a family member to obtain, services from a domestic violence shelter, rape crisis center, or other social service program
  • To participate in safety planning, temporarily or permanently relocate, or take other actions to increase your or your family members’ safety from future domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking

You must give advance notice that you intend to take leave. Follow your department’s usual leave request procedures.

If you can’t provide advance notice because of an emergency or unforeseen circumstances caused by domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, then you or your designee must give notice no later than the end of the first day of leave.

Provide the following information with your leave notice:

  • How much time you expect to be off work (be as specific as you can about dates)
  • What type of paid leave (sick, annual, etc.) you wish to use, if any
  • What type of schedule you need and for how long, if you are requesting a reduced schedule
  • How your supervisor can communicate with you while you are on leave
  • Whether you need an alternate arrangement for receiving paychecks

Verification of need

We may request verification that you or your family member is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and that your leave was for one of the reasons described above.

You may provide, in a timely manner, any of the following documents as proof:

  • Police report confirming that you or your family member was a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking
  • Court order protecting or separating you or your family member from the perpetrator
  • Evidence from the court or the prosecuting attorney demonstrating that you or your family member appeared, or is scheduled to appear, in court in connection with an incident of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking
  • Documentation from an attorney, victim advocate, member of the clergy, or a medical or other professional stating that you or your family member is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking
  • Statement written by you explaining that you or your family member is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and in need of assistance

If the victim is your family member, we may also request proof of family relationship. You may provide any of the following:

  • Written statement from you
  • Birth certificate
  • Court document
  • Other similar documentation

Pay

You may choose whether to take your leave as paid, unpaid, or a combination of paid and unpaid. For paid leave, you may use your sick leave or other paid time off. You may also use compensatory time, if available.

Additionally, you may qualify for shared leave if you have don’t have enough paid time off or compensatory time. See Shared Leave for additional information.

Leave during probationary or trial service period

You are eligible for this type of leave during your probationary or trial service period.

Your probationary or trial service period lengthens by the number of leave days you take.

Job and health insurance protection

After your leave is over, you will return to your same position or to an equivalent position, unless you were hired for a specific time period or to perform work only on a discrete project and that time period or project has ended.

Your health insurance coverage, if applicable, continues while you are on leave.

Confidentiality

We protect the confidentiality of all information you provide related to this type of leave. We disclose this information only if:

  • Requested or consented to by you
  • Ordered by a court or administrative agency
  • Required by federal or state law

Nonretaliation

We do not retaliate against any employee for seeking or taking leave related to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

Workplace safety

Visit the UW’s policy on workplace violence if you:

  • Are concerned about the potential of violence at work
  • Have a court order for victim protection, with a UW location as a protected area

We also urge you to contact SafeCampus for assistance in safety planning.

Additional resources

APS 11.7 Policy on Domestic Violence in the Workplace and Leave Related to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking