New Zealand now has a new law that allows victims of domestic violence to get a paid leave for 10 days, during which time they can leave their abusive partners.
The bill was passed with 63 votes to 57. New Zealand’s domestic violence ratio is one of the highest in developed countries, and this was a step in tackling this growing issue.
MP Jan Logie, the person who has been working hard for the bill to pass for the last seven years, said to the Guardian: “Part of this initiative is getting a whole-of-society response. We don’t just leave it to police but realise we all have a role in helping victims. It is also about changing the cultural norms and saying ‘we all have a stake in this and it is not OK.’