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'A huge win': New Zealand brings in paid domestic violence leave | Transcendent Media Capital
Jan Logie, centre, welcomes the passing of legislation in New Zealand to give domestic violence victims 10 days of paid leave. Photograph: Green Party New Zealand has passed legislation granting victims of domestic violence 10 days paid leave to allow them to leave their partners, find new homes and protect themselves and their children. MPs clapped and cheered as bill passed on Wednesday night with 63 votes to 57. It is the result of seven years of work by Green MP Jan Logie, who worked in a women's refuge before she became a politician. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the developed world, with police responding to a family violence incident every four minutes. Family violence is estimated to cost the country between NZ$4.1bn and $7bn a year. "Domestic violence doesn't respect that split between work and life. A huge amount of research tells us a large number of abusive partners bring the violence into the workplace," said Logie. At present the