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New Zealand introduces paid domestic violence leave

by Futures Centre, Aug 7
1 minute read

New Zealand has passed legislation granting victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave.  The bill, passed with 63 to 57 votes, is designed to allow domestic violence victims time to protect themselves, leave their partners, and find new homes while retaining income and employment.  The only other country with similar national legislation is the Philippines, with its 2004 Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act providing 10 days special leave.  Whether or not the law is widely applied and/or enforced in the Philippines is unknown.

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