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Vodafone gives violence victims leave

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/04/2017

Vodafone headquarters in Auckland. © Getty Images Vodafone headquarters in Auckland. Vodafone workers will be entitled to an extra 10 pays of paid leave each year if they've been affected by family violence.

The company has announced it is also offering its 3000 New Zealand staff a "range of practical support" that will apply to those directly impacted by family violence, as well as those supporting victims.

Vodafone said it had been working with Human Rights Commission, Women's Refuge, the Warehouse Group, ANZ, and other businesses to understand the wider impact of family violence.

Last year, the Warehouse began a similar initiative, and said the real cost to businesses came from not having pro-active support for family violence victims.

"The workplace can be one of the only safe places that victims of family violence can access support and information," Vodafone's Human Resources Director Antony Welton said.

In March, the government announced it would support through the first stage of parliament a Green Party bill that would give domestic violence victims up to 10 days' additional leave.

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