Taking Time Off from Work to Address Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues

Developed by Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence


Your employer is required to allow you to take up to eight days of leave per calendar year to address issues related to domestic violence or sexual assault. You can take this leave for any of the following reasons:

  • Obtaining or trying to obtain a restraining order or a similar type of relief or order for yourself or your children;
  • Seeking medical care for injuries resulting from domestic violence or sexual assault;
  • Obtaining services from a domestic violence or rape crisis program; or
  • Appearing in court proceedings related to domestic violence or sexual assault.

If you choose to take this time away from work, your employer is prohibited from discriminating against you. This means your employer can?t fire you or retaliate against you in other ways if you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault and use this leave.

What does domestic violence mean under this law?

Domestic violence means any or all of the following:

  • Causing or attempting to cause you physical harm;
  • Placing you in fear of imminent physical harm;
  • Engaging in sexual relations or lewd fondling or touching for sexual pleasure with a minor under the age of 16,

when these acts are committed by a spouse, former spouse, a person with whom you have a child, a person you live with or lived with in the past, or a person with whom you have had a dating relationship.

What does sexual assault mean under this law?

Sexual assault includes any of the following crimes:

  • Rape;
  • Indecent liberties with a child;
  • Aggravated indecent liberties with a child;
  • Criminal sodomy;
  • Aggravated criminal sodomy;
  • Incest;
  • Aggravated incest,

when these acts are committed by anyone. This would include someone with whom you have a present or past relationship as well as someone that you do not know.

Does this mean I must tell my employer that I am a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault?

Revealing to your employer that you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault is your decision. You may have a number of important reasons for choosing to keep this information private.

However, if your employer will not give you needed time away from work, you might decide to disclose this information to your employer. Your employer is then required to give you time off from work as provided by Kansas law.

Under this Kansas law, do I have to give my employer notice that I will be taking time off of work?

Yes. If you want to use this Kansas law, you should give your employer reasonable advance notice if you need to miss work because of domestic violence or sexual assault. Again, the decision about whether to tell your employer is up to you but you might want to if your employer will not give you time off to deal with the sexual or domestic violence.

What if I can't give my employer advance notice?

If you are not able to notify your employer in advance, your employer can't take any action against you, so long as within 48 hours after your absence begins you provide your employer with any of the following:

  • Police report about the domestic violence or sexual assault
  • Court order or other evidence of a court appearance
  • Documentation that you are receiving treatment from a medical professional, health care provider, or counselor because of domestic violence or sexual assault
  • Documentation from a domestic violence or sexual assault advocate stating that you are receiving services because of domestic violence or sexual assault

If I can give advance notice that I will be missing work, do I still have to provide my employer with documentation?

Yes. Even when you give reasonable advance notice, you must provide documentation to support your reason for missing work within 48 hours of your return to work.

Will this information be confidential?

Yes. Under this Kansas law, your employer should keep any information about the reasons for your absences confidential. This includes the documents you must provide about these absences.

Will the leave be paid or unpaid?

You may use any paid leave you have available. If you do not have any paid leave available, you may use unpaid leave of up to eight days per year.

What if my employer already has a policy in place to address absences due to domestic violence and/or sexual assault?

If your employer allows for more absences than is provided by this law, you are entitled to take that time off.

Remember: You Are Not Alone

There are many women who have been assaulted or abused; many of them experience discrimination in their workplace because of the assault or abuse. If you are concerned about your safety and want to talk confidentially with someone who knows about sexual and domestic violence, call your local program (see "Kansas Sexual & Domestic Violence Programs") or the Kansas Crisis Line: 1-888-END ABUSE (1-888-363-2287).

This brochure is intended to provide you with a summary of K.S.A. 44-1131 and K.S.A. 44-1132. If you have specific questions about the law, you should contact an attorney.

This grant project is partially funded by State General Funds as administered by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius' Grants Program. The opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication, program, or exhibition are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of the Kansas Governor.

Kansas Sexual and Domestic Violence Program Map and List

Programs are listed below the map, alphabetically by city. You do not have to live in the city where the program is located to use their services. If you are in need of advocacy services and do not find your community listed, call the 24/7 Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287.


1. Crisis Center of Dodge City

City: Dodge City
Counties Served: Clark, Ford, Gray, Hodgeman, Meade
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: http://dodgecitycrisiscenter.com/
Crisis Hotline Number: 620-225-6510 or 1-866-270-2270

 

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2. Family Life Center Safe House

City: El Dorado
Counties Served: Butler
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: sites.google.com/site/flcsafehouse
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-870-6967 or 316-321-7104

 

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3. SOS, Inc.

City: Emporia
Counties Served: Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Morris, Osage
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.soskansas.com
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-825-1295 or 620-342-1870

 

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4. Family Crisis Services

City: Garden City
Counties Served: Finney, Greeley, Hamilton, Kearny, Lane, Scott, Wichita
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.familycrisisservices.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 620-275-5911

 

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5. Family Crisis Center, Inc.

City: Great Bend
Counties Served: Barber, Barton, Comanche, Edwards, Kiowa, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Stafford
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.familycrisiscntr.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 866-792-1885 or 620-792-1885

 

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6. Options: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, Inc.

City: Hays
Counties Served: Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Gove, Graham, Logan, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Russell, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wallace
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.help4abuse.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-794-4624 or 785-625-3055

 

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7. Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center

City: Hutchinson
Counties Served: Harper, Kingman, Reno, Rice
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.sadvchutch.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-701-3630 or 620-663-2522

 

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8. Hope Unlimited

City: Iola
Counties Served: Allen, Anderson, Neosho, Woodson
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.hope-unlimited.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 620-365-7566

 

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9. Friends of Yates - Della Gill/Joyce H. Williams Center

City: Kansas City
Counties Served: Wyandotte
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.friendsofyates.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 913-321-0951

 

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10. SAFEHOME

City: Kansas City
Counties Served: Johnson, Miami
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.safehome-ks.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 888-432-4300 or 913-262-2868

 

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11. MOCSA

City: Kansas City
Counties Served: Johnson, Miami, Wyandotte
Services: Sexual Assault
Website: www.mocsa.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 913-642-0233 or 816-531-0233

 

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12. Mattie Rhodes Center ¡Si Se Puede!

City: Kansas City
Counties Served: Johnson, Wyandotte
Services: Domestic Violence- therapy, service coordination, legal advocacy, staff speak Spanish
Website: http://www.mattierhodes.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 816-241-3780 (not a crisis line)

 

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13. Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (LGBT services)

City: Kansas City
Counties Served: Johnson, Miami, Wyandotte
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.kcavp.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 816-561-0550

 

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14. The Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center

City: Lawrence
Counties Served: Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson
Services: Sexual Assault
Website: http://stacarecenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 785-843-8985

 

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15. The Willow Domestic Violence Center

City: Lawrence
Counties Served: Douglas, Franklin, Jefferson
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.willowdvcenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-770-3030 or 785-843-3333

 

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16. Alliance Against Family Violence

City: Leavenworth
Counties Served: Leavenworth
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.aafv1984.com
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-644-1441 or 913-682-9131

 

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17. LARC/DVS, Inc.

City: Liberal
Counties Served: Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward, Stanton, Stevens
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.larcdvs.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 888-417-7273 or 620-624-8818

 

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18. The Crisis Center, Inc.

City: Manhattan
Counties Served: Clay, Geary, Marshall, Pottawatomie, Riley
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.thecrisiscenterinc.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-727-2785 or 785-539-2785

 

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19. PBP Nation - Tribal Victims Services Program

City: Mayetta
Counties Served: Tribal Members of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.pbpindiantribe.com/social-services.aspx
Crisis Hotline Number: 866-966-0173 or 785-966-8330

 

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20. Safehope, Inc.

City: Newton
Counties Served: Harvey, Marion, McPherson
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-487-0510 or 316-283-0350

 

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21. Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc.

City: Pittsburg
Counties Served: Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Wilson
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.safehousecrisiscenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-794-9148 or 620-231-8251

 

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22. Domestic Violence Assoc. of Central Kansas

City: Salina
Counties Served: Cloud, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Ottawa, Republic, Saline, Washington
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.dvack.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 800-874-1499 or 785-827-5862

 

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23. YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment

City: Topeka
Counties Served: Jackson, Shawnee, Wabaunsee
Services: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Website: www.ywcatopeka.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 888-822-2983 or 785-354-7927

 

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24. Catholic Charities Harbor House

City: Wichita
Counties Served: Sedgwick
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.catholicdioceseofwichita.org/family-stabilization/harbor-house
Crisis Hotline Number: 866-899-5522 or 316-263-6000

 

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25. StepStone

City: Wichita
Counties Served: Sedgwick
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: www.stepstoneks.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 316-265-1611

 

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26. Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center

City: Wichita
Counties Served: Sedgwick
Services: Sexual Assault
Website: www.wichitasac.com
Crisis Hotline Number: 877-927-2248 or 316-263-3002 o español: 316-263-2044

 

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27. Wichita Family Crisis Center

City: Wichita
Counties Served: Sedgwick
Services: Domestic Violence
Website: wichitafamilycrisiscenter.org
Crisis Hotline Number: 316-267-7233

 

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No Accredited Services in this Area

If you are in need of advocacy services in Atchison, Brown, Nemaha, and Doniphan counties call the surrounding advocacy programs or the 24/7 Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287

No Accredited Services in this Area

If you are in need of advocacy services in Cowley, Chautauqua, Elk, and Sumner counties, call the surrounding advocacy programs or the 24/7 Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-363-2287.

 

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