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Family Violence Policies in workplaces must be supported

Family Violence Policies in workplaces must be supported by legislation, Commission says

25 November 2017: The Human Rights Commission has reiterated its support for legislation that would see family violence policies introduced in all New Zealand workplaces.

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says that White Ribbon Day is an opportune time to reiterate why having a family violence policy is so important.

“Domestic violence is one of the biggest human rights issues facing New Zealand. For people experiencing family violence, the workplace can be one of the only places where they feel safe. It is vital that our workplaces are equipped to help.

“Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence Victims Protection Bill, which passed it’s first reading earlier this year and is moving through the Select Committee process, has the potential to enable all New Zealand workplaces to offer their staff this much-needed support.”

“A family violence policy shouldn’t be a nice to have – it’s a need to have. This White Ribbon Day, I’d like to encourage businesses and Members of Parliament to consider their role in ensuring this draft bill becomes legislation.

“Businesses should also remember they don’t need legislation to take action. More than anything, businesses need to have some allowance of leave for staff members who are experiencing family violence and be in a position to connect affected staff with the support services that they may need.

“Letting staff know that they will be supported at a time when they most need it is hugely beneficial. A family violence policy doesn’t have to cost much, but the benefits of having one are far reaching.”

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