Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Letter to the Editor: 'Sick and safe' legislation would benefit domestic abuse victims

Below is a letter from Carol Goertzel, President and CEO of PathWays PA, one of the lead members of the Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces. 
To the Times:

Thank you for your recent editorial pointing to the need to assist survivors of domestic violence. PathWays PA, a nonprofit organization which serves more than 6,000 women, children and families in the Greater Philadelphia region, is well aware of the need to work with these survivors.

One way to help would be to recognize that to leave an abuser requires more than physically removing oneself from a situation — it also requires the opportunity to find housing, obtain medical care and attend court hearings. Yet 2.2 million Pennsylvania workers must choose between working while sick or injured or losing their pay — or their jobs because they have no access to sick time.

To read the full letter from Carol Goertzel, visit the Delaware County Daily Times website!

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