Florida Legislators: Support Unemployment Compensation for Victims of Domestic Violence
“Victims of domestic violence need economic security in order to safely escape abuse, and in order to provide safety for their families, “says Leta Pittman, of the domestic violence organizing group Sisterhood of Survivors. “This bill will help to create much needed security and safety for women across our state who are dealing with life threatening situations.”
Senate Bill 130 and House Bill 261 aims to reform Florida’s unemployment insurance law allowing for victims of domestic violence who need to leave their work to escape abuse to receive unemployment compensation. In Florida alone there were 111,681 reported incidents of domestic violence in 2011 and nearly 200 of those resulted in murder/manslaughter.
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