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Workplaces have a role in reducing domestic violence

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Workplaces have a role in reducing domestic violence

A Bill that aims to support workplaces in the reduction of domestic violence and provide victims of domestic violence with practical support in the form of leave and expert assistance “must be supported by all political parties” says Sheryl Cadman, CTU Women’s Council Co-convenor.

“Domestic violence has a huge impact in the workplace especially in relation to productivity and turnover. The workplace offers some real means of response to unacceptably high rates domestic violence in New Zealand.” Cadman said.

“We congratulate Green MP Jan Logie for this Bill which provides practical ways to helping people who are experiencing domestic violence, mainly women, to stay at work, get assistance and find a way out of abuse and violence.”

“Research commissioned by the Public Service Association, also released today, confirms that employment security is critical to reduce the effects of, and in finding a way out of, domestic violence. This New Zealand focussed research is particularly valuable. It identifies what the barriers are to getting workplace protections in place.” Cadman said.

“Both the Bill and the research build on good services that currently exist but bring a new focus – how workplaces can make a difference. A similar project in Australia provides for over 700,000 Australian workers to be covered by domestic violence clauses. The Bill provides us with the mechanism to follow suit and we welcome it.” Cadman said.

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