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Leave for victims of domestic violence; law in force in Ireland

Dublin: Ireland has the highest social welfare benefits in Europe. It is notable that Ireland, which already has a wide range of schemes for the welfare of its citizens, has announced a new benefit,

The government has decided to provide paid leave to those who are victims of domestic violence, regardless of whether they are husbands or wives. Currently, the government has allowed five days of paid leave, but the government is also planning to increase it to 10 days.

Domestic violence leave gives a victim of domestic violence the opportunity to receive support without affecting their employment and income. It is critical for them to be able to take time off without fear of losing income or putting themselves at greater risk. Even if they are away from work, they will be guaranteed their full salary.’

Victims are entitled to a maximum of five days leave in a year. Victims will only receive a partial payment, similar to sick leave. For victims of domestic violence who take leave as a result, the benefit is up to 70% of the daily rate of pay (or a maximum of €110 per day).

The initial decision on the rate of pay was reached after consultation with employer representatives, trade unions, and organisations supporting victims of domestic violence. However, Equality Minister Roderic O’Gorman stated that the debate will continue.

Section 7 of the Work-Life Balance and Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2023 inserted a new section to provide for five days of domestic violence leave by inserting it into the Parental Leave Act, 1998.

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