Women’s Aid responds to New Zealand’s landmark legislation granting victims of domestic abuse paid leave
Thursday 26th July 2018
New Zealand has passed a law in parliament that will grant victims of domestic abuse ten days paid leave from work, according to the BBC.
Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, said:
“New Zealand’s landmark legislation granting victims of domestic abuse paid leave when fleeing abuse is leading the way in transforming how survivors are supported at work. We want to work with our government on what similar positive steps we can take to help survivors. The forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill is the perfect opportunity for the government to consider making it a legal requirement for employers to provide paid leave to women who have to flee domestic abuse. This would make a real difference to the lives of survivors, providing them with the security and support they need to leave their abusive partner, find a new home and protect themselves and their children.
“From our work with survivors, we know that women often lose their job as a result of their experience of domestic abuse or having to flee their home. We also know that financial concerns are a major barrier to women leaving their abusive partner. By making it a legal requirement for employees to provide paid leave for domestic abuse survivors, this would send out the powerful message to survivors that their employment will be secure and they will be financially supported if they flee the abuse. We believe that this will help give more women the confidence to speak out about the abuse and seek support when taking the brave step to leave an abusive partner and rebuild their live free from abuse.”
If you are worried about your relationship or that of a friend or family member, you can contact the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, on 0808 2000 247 or visit www.womensaid.org.uk.
For more information, please contact the Women’s Aid press office: 020 7566 2511 / [email protected]