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Lynn Boylan MEP says Ireland should introduce paid Domestic Violence Leave.

13 February, 2019 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan has commended South Ayrshire Council in Scotland for being the first Council in Europe to introduce paid domestic violence leave for its employees.

The Dublin MEP said;

“In 2016, my report for the EU Committee on Employment and Social Affairs called for EU Member States to introduce paid domestic violence leave. This was the first time such a call was made and endorsed by the EU Parliament.

“Financial security is critical for survivors of domestic violence and surveys in Britain have shown that workers have lost employment as a result of domestic violence.

"In the North of Ireland, another study showed 53% of abused women miss at least three days of work a month. By introducing paid leave, it facilitates the attendance of medical appointments, court hearings and viewings of alternative accommodation.

“New Zealand and parts of Canada have already introduced this leave and it would be great to see Ireland lead the way and become the first EU Member State to do it.

“The same study from the North showed that 75% of abused women are targeted at work. Over the coming months, my office is producing a document for all workplaces that show how they can create safe environments for their employees who are experiencing domestic violence.

"Paid leave is a really progressive step but there are also other almost cost neutral measures that workplaces can do that really help make a difference.

“These measures can include changing an employees telephone number or email address, creating a workplace safety plan and integrating Domestic Violence counselling services into the employee assistance programmes.

"Even just raising awareness of the supports that are out there and ensuring that employees feel supported to confide in work colleagues and employers can make a huge difference."

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