The TEU supports the introduction of the Domestic Violence –Victims’
Protection Act which builds in to law protections and support for victims
of domestic and intimate partner violence.
The law change is an important step forward combating violence and
improving the lives of individuals, and the wellbeing of whanau and
communities, and something union members have been seeking for years.
The Domestic Violence-Victims’ Protection Act is a world-leading,
progressive piece of legislation that applies to employees who experience
or have experienced domestic violence directly. or who live or have lived
with a child/ children who has experienced or experiences domestic
TEU welcomes this legislative change, which will see workers affected by
domestic violence entitled to take paid leave and to request flexible
working arrangements. Workers are also protected from being adversely
affected in their employment on the grounds that they are, or are suspected
to be, a person affected by domestic violence.
The TEU has been working with members over the last five years to get
protections for victims into collective agreements.
Over the past 12 months, the TEU has succeeded in negotiating some of the
provisions contained within the Act into twelve collective agreements.
TEU National Industrial Officer Irena Brorens notes “this is a fantastic
piece of legislation that recognises the many difficulties victims of
domestic violence face dealing with the trauma of violence and negotiating
work and other commitments.
“This is an issue that the unions, and the Green Party, have been
campaigning for, and we believe it is crucial to the safety of victims, and
the wellbeing of survivors of domestic violence”
Council of Trade Unions Vice President Rachel Mackintosh released a
statement in support of the legislation, stating “Everyone should be able
to live a life free from violence. Unfortunately, we know that many people
are experiencing violence from the people closest to them. Until we are
able to create a society free from violence we must build in protections
for those who live with this nightmare. We are proud that New Zealand is
leading the way in ensuring that domestic abuse survivors are better
supported in their workplaces”.
To learn more about the Domestic Violence –Victims’ Protection Act, see:
For more information or support and assistance in making
a request for domestic violence leave or other support related to
reasons to domestic violence contact your union/ union organiser.
If you or someone close to you needs support and assistance for urgent or
immediate assistance because of domestic violence these organisations can
Are You OK? http://areyouok.org.nz/utility-pages/contact-us/ For
information about family violence, what it is and where to get help. Family
Violence Information Line (0800 456 450)
Oranga Tamariki–Ministry for Children
https://www.orangatamariki.govt.nz/contactus/contacts/Phone 0508 FAMILY
(0508 326 459) if you are concerned about a child or young person.
Women’s Refuge. https://womensrefuge.org.nz/home-page/Phone 0800 REFUGE
Shine http://www.2shine.org.nz/ Making homes violence free in NZ. Free
helpline 0508 744 633 provides information to victims of family violence
and also a Training provider for the prevention of family violence
National Network of Stopping Violence http://nnsvs.org.nz/about/ is a
network of community organisations working to end men’s violence to women
and children across New Zealand.