The Human Rights Commission has today welcomed news that a Members Bill seeking to improve legal protections for victims of domestic violence has been drawn from the ballot today.
Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue says Green MP Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence Victims Protection Bill, which seeks to create a system where businesses can better support victims of family violence, will be an important part of helping workplaces in the public and private sector to deal with one of New Zealand’s top human rights issues.
“The effects of family violence extend beyond the home, with victims and perpetrators invariably bringing their trauma with them to work. As a result, they are more likely to be disengaged, less productive and to suffer workplace accidents.
“Workplaces have a huge role to play in addressing this issue and there are already a number of businesses who have put active family violence policies in place to do that. This bill will enable all New Zealand workplaces to offer their staff this much-needed support.
“The bill being drawn is a positive first step. Further work will be required to ensure that any legislative changes are the result of thorough consultation during the select committee public submission process.
“The Commission looks forward to making a submission in due course and being part of crafting this important piece of legislation,” Dr Blue says.
The Human Rights Commission has recently released a video asking businesses to implement their own family violence policy. This can be viewed here: www.hrc.co.nz/familyviolencepolicy