Victoria: Tuesday’s announcement of five paid days leave from work for victims of domestic and sexual violence is a big step forward in helping people start to rebuild their lives and work on recovery.

“While there are many issues that our parities disagree on, domestic and sexual violence is not one of them,” says Andrew Wilkinson, Leader of the Official Opposition. “Every member of this Legislature understands the seriousness of domestic and sexual violence and the importance of providing proper supports for victims.

“Domestic and sexual violence is an issue that disproportionately affects women, who are four times more likely than men to be victims of partner violence in B.C.,” says Stephanie Cadieux, Surrey South MLA and Co-Critic for Finance. “We are glad to see legislation introduced that will allow those impacted to get the help they need without worrying about losing their jobs. I am also encouraged to see the inclusion of victims of sexual violence in the bill, a point that I raised when similar legislation was brought forward last year.”

“I know that organizations across B.C. are working hard to help end domestic and sexual violence, but we know that more support is needed. We need to work together to provide those supports for survivors,” concludes Wilkinson. “We must continue to make positive change where possible, and I believe that this bill introduced today is a step towards making this province safer for all British Columbians.”