Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) provides
an employee who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, or who has a family
or household member who is a victim of domestic or sexual violence, with up to
twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave per any twelve (12) month period to address
issues arising from domestic or sexual violence.
An employee may take VESSA leave to:
- Seek medical attention for, or recovery from, physical or psychological injuries caused by domestic or sexual violence to the employee or employee’s family or household member;
- Obtain victim services for the employee or employee’s family or household member;
- Obtain psychological or other counseling for the employee or the employee’s family or household member;
- Participate in safety planning, including temporary or
permanent relocation or other actions to increase the safety of the victim from
future domestic or sexual violence; or
- Seek legal assistance to ensure the health and safety of
the victim, including participating in court proceedings related to the
VESSA leave may be taken intermittently or on a reduced work
An employee shall provide at least 48 hours’ advance notice
of the employee’s intention to take leave, except in such cases where it is not
practicable to provide such notice.
For more information, including how to request and submit
any required documentation for a VESSA leave, contact the Benefits Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext.