Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking often have to go to criminal court to testify in a case against the perpetrator of the crime. For example, an abused women may be asked to testify as a witness when the district attorney prosecutes a batterer for hitting, kicking, or attempting to murder the victim or a survivor of a sexual assault may be asked to testify in a rape trial. Many survivors will need to miss work to testify; survivors may also need to take time off from work to meet with the prosecutor to prepare for a criminal trial. Additionally, survivors may need to take time off from work to go to court for a civil protection order.
A survivor of domestic or sexual violence may have serious health conditions that require medical attention. These conditions may be either physical or psychological. Sometimes family and medical leave laws allow you to take time off to treat these conditions. You may also be able to take time off to care for a family member with a serious health condition. This guide provides basic information regarding your right to take time off from work when you or a family member has a serious health condition.