Paid leave should be given to domestic abuse victims – Zminijietna
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Zminijietna is calling for Malta to emulate New Zealand where victims of domestic violence are entitled to 10 days paid leave.
The Left think-tank organisation, in a statement said, “Parliament must legislate to give increased protection to victims of domestic violence. Although there is progress in law, women are still not completely safe from male violence, which is persistent in silencing women’s voices.”
It added that with the leave it will make things easier for victims to “manage partners’ attempts to control them.”
“It will also ensure they have the time and money to manage the myriad of tasks, such as going to court, counselling, house-hunting and managing their children’s trauma, that can be associated with leaving home,” said Zminijietna – Voice of the Left.
“Despite the continuous reporting, women are still dying. There is the need for an immediate action upon reporting for protecting the victim and controlling perpetrators,” it said.
“Laws should authorise that perpetrators leave the residence even after the first report by the victim. Also, the local Government should invest in electronic tagging and monitoring of perpetrators,” stated Zminijietna – Voice of the Left.