Domestic Abuse Leave Introduced in Northern Ireland

Posted in : Supplementary Articles NI on 11 April 2022
Kevin Gallagher
Lewis Silkin
Issues covered: The Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill; Leave

The Northern Ireland Assembly has passed legislation that will entitle victims of domestic abuse to 10 days’ paid leave each leave year. The law was passed in the Assembly’s final week of sitting before the forthcoming Assembly elections in May. The commencement date of the new right remains to be confirmed.

During the Assembly process for the Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill (the Bill), the Assembly heard that from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, the Police Service of Northern Ireland responded to 32,219 incidents of domestic abuse in Northern Ireland. This statistic represents a response approximately every 16 minutes and does not account for unreported incidents of abuse.

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Kevin Gallagher
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