Zealand With Bill Giving 10 Days Leave to Domestic Violence Victim

New Zealand has one of the highest domestic violence rates in the developed world

A number of Canada's provinces also provide some leave for domestic violence, while Australia's Labor party leader Bill Shorten has promised 10 days paid leave for victims if his party wins the next election.

25 de julio de 2018, 09:34Wellington, Jul 25 (Prensa Latina) Victims of domestic violence will soon be entitled to 10 days of paid leave from the workplace here.

Jan Logie told the NZ parliament that the bill was the first step in tackling the "horrifying" domestic abuse rates across the country.

"It sets a solid benchmark for what businesses are legally required to do", said Holly Carrington, a spokeswoman for Shine, a nonprofit fighting domestic abuse.

Under the new law victims will also be able to request flexible working arrangements.

Legislators hope that the initiative will be the first of many steps taken to help domestic violence victims in New Zealand, which now experiences the highest rates of domestic violence of any other developed country.

Logie said domestic violence is an issue that isn't strictly confined to the home, with abuse trickling into the workplace, undermining their safety and productivity. We don't just leave it to police, but realize we all have a role in helping victims.

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"An employer with a family violence policy and practices, such as paid leave, can provide a forward path for family violence victims to gain confidence and break the abusive cycle", she said. Advocates for survivors say it's common for survivors to stay in abusive situations for fear of losing their jobs.

"Employers will start to filter and look at whether or not they want to hire someone that may present a risk around domestic violence because ultimately it could impact on their business", National's justice spokesman Mark Mitchell told Newshub. That's about $2.7 billion to $4.7 billion in USA dollars.

"Part of this initiative is getting a whole-of-society response".

'We wait until things get really bad or someone gets killed and then we wring our hands, ' she said.

The new law is likely to be welcomed by citizens in New Zealand, as the county has the highest rates of domestic violence in the developed world, with national police responding to family violence incidents every four minutes, the Guardian reports. A similar measure was adopted by the Philippines in 2004.

New Zealand has a track record of being progressive on women's issues - in 1893 it became the first country to give women the right to vote.

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