NUI Galway has officially launched a new policy allowing paid leave for staff experiencing domestic violence.

Research has found that women who experience domestic abuse are at increased risk of absenteeism, more irregular work history, reduced performance, dropping out of the labour force and ultimately lower earnings.

The university says this leave will enable staff to take the time they need to get assistance in a structured and supported environment.

Dr Nata Duvvury, Director of the Centre for Global Women's Studies at NUIG, says domestic violence can have wide-ranging impacts.

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