Plus, most policies focus on survivors of domestic violence (re)integration but don’t account for external factors such as mental health issues or children. For instance, employers and companies need to give women the flexibility to recover and sort out their lives (e.g. without needing to still keep up with a regular work schedule, for instance). Specific needs might arise depending on every situation. For this reason, it is vital to create tools and resources that might contribute to empathising, understanding, and offering better conditions, putting women at the centre.
The socio-professional (re)integration and job retention are essential for the holistic recovery of women confronted with domestic violence.
As mentioned above, field workers facing many difficulties and companies lacking knowledge and resources in the socio-professional (re)integration of women confronted with domestic violence persist. However, as stated during the ACTIV case studies and focus groups developed, for women confronted with this type of violence, access to employment and job retention is one of the steps that might help them to stop the circle of violence they are embedded in, and it is needed for their holistic recovery.
For women confronted with domestic violence, the possibility of having a job helps them to achieve financial, social, psychological, and emotional independence. It permits them economic independence and gives them agency and strength so they can stop their link with the aggressor. It also helps them in their emotional, psychological, and physical recuperation. Besides, leaving their house permits them to enhance personal relations and promote self-esteem, security, and stability. For their recovery, the support, autonomy, and income provided by labour reinsertion are essential. Thus, labour (re)insertion and job retention are key factors in their life and relation normalisation. However, this is a difficult process they have to go through. It is a non-linear and intermittent pathway women must face.