Unemployment Benefits and Domestic Violence
Victims of domestic violence may be eligible for unemployment benefits. For determination, be prepared to provide information that your unemployment is tied to domestic abuse. For example, you can provide court records, police reports and other documentation of abuse from a shelter worker, attorney, member of the clergy or medical or other professional from whom the individual has sought assistance.
You are eligible for unemployment compensation if DEW finds that you left work voluntarily or have been discharged as a direct result of domestic violence and:
- You fear future domestic abuse en route to work;
- You need to relocate to avoid future domestic abuse; or
- You believe that leaving work is necessary for your safety or the safety of your family.
You may also be eligible if the you were separated from employment due to compelling family circumstances including:
- You develop an illness or disability.
- An immediate family member – a spouse, parent or child – becomes ill or disabled.
- Your spouse was transferred or employed in another city or state, requiring the you to move outside commuting distance to your previous employer.
For more information, see state statute Title 41 Chapter 35 Section 41-35-125.