Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and Integration, Fiona O’Loughlin, has urged more companies to follow the example of Vodafone Ireland in introducing supports for employees who are victims of domestic violence.

Deputy O’Loughlin was commenting as a new international study found that 23,000 women working in Ireland have experienced domestic violence over the past year.

She said, “Many people in Ireland are experiencing physical violence, psychological turmoil or financial abuse by a partner. The majority are women and unfortunately, getting out of an abusive relationship is very often hinged on their financial status and access to advice and support.

“Vodafone have led the way here in Ireland and have introduced a policy which provides 10 days additional leave to victims of domestic violence, they also offer specialist counselling and advice along with emergency financial assistance.

“This is a very worthy and progressive policy and I would urge other businesses who are in a position to implement such a policy to do so,” she concluded.