This New York Bill Ensures Domestic Abuse Survivors Get Paid Time Off & It Could Change Women’s Lives

Survivors of domestic violence or sexual abuse in New York could become eligible for paid time off under a new bill unanimously approved by the New York City Council earlier this week.

News Story (New York)

Morgan Brinlee
October 19, 2017

Tags: Domestic Violence

Organizations mentioned/involved: Queens Legal Services (NY)


If signed into law, the legislation would amend New York’s city code to require employers provide any employee that has been a victim of a family offense matter such as stalking, domestic violence, or sexual abuse with paid time off to seek support services or legal aid. And according to advocates, this bill could be life-changing for domestic violence survivors who may have once felt trapped between choosing their paycheck over pursuing justice and ensuring their safety.