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Domestic violence is a workplace issue

Posted by on November 25th, 2012

Today is the United Nations international day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.  In New Zealand, the White Ribbon campaign takes place throughout the whole of November and over the years, has increasingly gained support from the community, businesses, cultural groups, sports teams, local government and government agencies.

Thank you everyone who has taken the pledge to eliminate violence against women and who is involved in campaign activity throughout New Zealand.

There are other things we could perhaps learn from other countries. Australia is ahead of the rest of the world in recognising domestic violence as an issue which can potentially impact on workers and workplaces, with approximately 600,000 Australian employees now covered by domestic violence clauses in their agreement or award conditions.

Here’s a little help :



3 Responses to “Domestic violence is a workplace issue”

  1. Alby says:

    Sadly domestic violence against women, children & in society in general will increase. As will burglary, theft, fraud & drug & alcohol related crimes in New Zealand under the current Government. This is what happens when the economy is flat lining, resulting in high unemployment, leading to poverty. People respond to pressure in ways too hard to comprehend. Good governance requires a social conscience to avoid these negative effects in our society. Keep the acid on Key & his cronies, the public are listening and waking up to the issues!     

  2. Tim G. says:

    I agree, domestic violence is likely to continue to increase in correlation to economic inequality in NZ. Financially castrated “breadwinners” are some of the most abusive.

    Which raises a question about policy – what is Labour’s position on the restoration of fair legal aid payments for lawyers undertaking protection order work with legally aided clients? Should women leaving violent relationships be forced to pay out of pocket (or their eventual relationship property division, potentially years down the track if it ever occurs) to seek effective legal protection? How will Labour respond to the wholesale withdrawal of lawyers from the legal aid scheme for such cases?

  3. Rob Wickham says:

    Why just include women. What about family violence?