Paid leave benefits disrupt intimate partner violence dynamics at the community and individual levels. These policies support economic stability for workers which is important to both preventing multiple forms of violence and addressing the needs of survivors. Further, these policies decrease widespread gender inequities and improve employee retention in workplaces. This report reviews the current landscape of paid leave access through national and statewide data as well as interviews with survivors and parents. Stories from five parents from across North Carolina highlight the lack of paid leave access and its impact as they navigate the balance of parenthood and employment. Research shows that access to paid leave policies improve the lives of children and caregivers of diverse identities which would significantly impact the lives of workers in North Carolina.
Learn more about the findings of our health impact assessment on paid parental leave and safe leave below: