Media Release 26 July 2018
Life changing legislation celebrated
NZNO today celebrates the passing of the Domestic Violence Victims’ Protection Bill last night as it brings greater protection to victims of domestic violence and legislates for support in the workplace.
The detrimental effects of domestic violence is of great concern to NZNO which, is a large union and professional organisation with over 50,000 members. The majority of its members are women of which some will be victims of domestic violence.
NZNO spokesperson on violence against women Carol Beaumont says employers can help victims to be safe, to help support changes in peoples’ lives and indeed for some, this help may save lives.
“As we all know the extent of domestic violence and its terrible effect is huge in our society,” she said.
“As a health profession organisation and union with large numbers of female members who deal with domestic violence issues, we are pleased that from April 2019 access to up to 10 days special leave will be available; more flexible working arrangements and; protection against adverse treatment in employment.
“This legislation will help many who are struggling to leave violent relationships, establish new lives and maintain their economic independence.
“We acknowledge MP Jan Logie for promoting this Bill and the Green, Labour and NZ First parties for supporting this legislation throughout,” Ms Beaumont said.
Media enquiries to: NZNO media adviser, Karen Coltman 027 431 2617.