New Zealand introduces paid leave for domestic violence victims
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New Zealand has passed legislation allowing domestic violence victims to take up to 10 days of paid leave to escape their partner’s abuse. 

The country, which has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the developed world, passed the landmark legislation on Wednesday in a 63-57 vote, according to The Guardian

 Jan Logie, a member of the country's parliament representing the Green party, who reportedly worked on the bill, told the publication the new legislation was the first step in combatting the country’s “horrifying” domestic abuse rates.


“Part of this initiative is getting a whole-of-society response. We don’t just leave it to police but realize we all have a role in helping victims” Logie said. “It is also about changing the cultural norms and saying ‘we all have a stake in this and it is not OK.’ ”

Under the terms of the new legislation, which is reportedly set to go in effect next April, victims of domestic violence will be entitled to 10 days of paid leave from work. The leave will reportedly not be taken from their standard holiday and sick leave days.