Victims Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA)

The Victims Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA), enacted in 2003, is designed to promote the State's interest in reducing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking by enabling victims of domestic or sexual violence to maintain the financial independence necessary to leave abusive situations, achieve safety, and minimize the physical and emotional injuries from domestic or sexual violence, and to reduce the devastating economic consequences of domestic or sexual violence to employees. It gives employees the right to a 12-week paid or unpaid leave for each consecutive 12-month period for which eligibility criteria have been met.

Employees are entitled, on return from leave, to be restored to the position held when the leave commenced or to an equivalent position with equal pay, benefits, and other conditions of employment.

Please see VESSA leave for further information on eligibility, approval and documentation, length of leave, etc. Education and resource materials regarding VESSA are listed under Additional Resources in the right margin.