Domestic Violence ? Victims’ Protection Bill does nothing at all to protect victims

From the “Two steps forward, one step back” editorial on Stuff:?Quote:

From April next year victims of domestic violence will be eligible for up to 10 days of paid leave from work per year. Legislation enacting the change was passed by Parliament on Wednesday night, and the bill’s sponsor, the Green Party’s Jan Logie, says National will find itself on the wrong side of history for voting against it.

To New Zealand’s shame, our country is a world leader in domestic violence.
This week, we may have become a world leader in the campaign to defeat it.? End of quote.

I?d like to start by challenging both of those statements.

According to a World Health Organisation 2013 report on the prevalence of violence against women, New Zealand falls into the Western Pacific region, and it is estimated that 24.6% of women in this region will experience violence by a partner or sexual violence by a non-partner.

This is actually the lowest of the six regions, with South East Asia topping the charts at 37.7%, closely followed by the Eastern Mediterranean on 37% and Africa on 36.6%. So, to say we are a world leader in domestic violence is just not true based on WHO estimates.

Source: WHO

The second statement ? that this week we may have become a world leader in the campaign to defeat it ? I presume is because of the recently passed Domestic Violence ? Victims’ Protection Bill.

The only way to ‘defeat’ domestic violence is for people to stop bashing people. I just don’t see how paying someone to have two weeks’ holiday makes that happen. If it was that simple, we could pay everyone in New Zealand two weeks’ leave and our domestic violence numbers would be wiped out. Zero, zip, nada. A fabulous solution. Why on Earth haven’t we thought of this before?

The article goes on to say: Quote.

Research by Dr Jim Stanford at the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute found that few employees – men and women – took domestic violence leave when available. The figure ranged between 0.022 per cent and 0.31 per cent of staff.

That’s odd, given that domestic violence is a big issue across the ditch as well.

If the numbers are similar in our country then those businesses can possibly breathe a little easier, in terms of the impact on their books, but it will mean the legislation has made little impact in addressing domestic violence.? End of quote.

Based on Australian data, less than a third of one percent of people take domestic violence leave when available.

Seems like all this fuss and celebration for passing this bill is going to do? well… not very much actually.

More virtue-signalling nonsense that will do absolutely nothing to stop people getting the bash.

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