October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, starting in July 2017 “safe time” off from work will take effect
A new ordinance that takes effect July 1, 2017, will provide support for victims of domestic violence and their family members. When it takes effect, the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance will provide victims of domestic violence and their family members with time away from work to allow them to receive treatment and services and to take the necessary steps to ensure their protection. Research demonstrates that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking with no paid sick leave are less able to receive medical treatment, participate in legal proceedings and obtain other necessary services. Without paid sick leave, domestic violence victims are also less able to maintain the financial independence necessary to leave abusive situations and achieve safety, and minimize physical and emotional injuries.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This month of recognition evolved to connect advocates across the nations who were working to end violence against women and their children. This month is an important reminder for people across the country to focus on preventing and ending domestic violence in their communities. According to the National Resource on Domestic Violence:
- One in four women and one in seven men over the age of 18 in the U.S. will be affected by domestic violence in their lifetimes.
- One in three teens has experienced some form of abuse in a dating relationship, and nearly half of college women report experiencing a violent or abusive dating relationship.
- Domestic violence and dating abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation or religion.
Published Oct 11, 2016