Victims of domestic violence are to receive full pay and five days leave if they need to take time off work.
The Minister for Children, Equality, and Disability said the decision comes following talks with employer representatives, trade unions and domestic violence support organisations.
Roderic O Gorman says it's important for domestic abuse victims to know their rights.
The decision to give full pay was reached in consultation with employers' representatives, trade unions and domestic violence support organisations.
The leave is different to the likes of illness benefit, in that those who apply will not need to submit proof, as Women's Aid CEO Sarah Benson explains: