It is now law in New Zealand that victims of domestic be given up to 10 days paid leave to allow them to leave their partners, find new homes and protect themselves and their children.
This was an initiative by Jan Logie, MP and Undersecretary to the Minister of Justice in New Zealand.
Logie worked in a women’s refuge before she became a politician, having the first-hand experience of what women were going through in instances of domestic violence.
In my time when working with women's refuge, I saw women returning to violent relationships because they felt that after they've left they were sitting duck at work and their colleagues didn't know how to properly support them to be safe after their partner was stalking them, harassing them and threatening them.— Jan Logie, MP and Undersecretary to the Minister of Justice in NZ
I just thought too many women are struggling and feeling that they had to choose their safety or choose poverty and I don't think that's a choice any women would have to make.— Jan Logie, MP and Undersecretary to the Minister of Justice in NZ
Logie says the leave is up to ten days to help victims of domestic violence to keep their jobs while sorting themselves out and have financial independence.
She says that society has a lot more to do in learning how to respond to issues of domestic violence.
We need to make sure that everyone in the society understands how they can help and feel confident in being able to help. It is about police, doctors and teachers knowing how to ask questions when someone discloses to them.— Jan Logie, MP and Undersecretary to the Minister of Justice in NZ
To hear the rest of the conversation with Jan Logie, listen below: