There was good news for Ballymena Borough Council this week with the award of a prestigious Gold Workplace Charter on Domestic Violence.
This means the Council has committed to ensuring it is proactive in its support of any employee suffering from domestic violence, and can display the ‘Safe Place’ logo in its buildings.
At its heart is the message that Council will never commit, condone or stay silent about domestic violence. In addition, the Council has signed up to the 12 Gold Workplace Charter pledges as set out by Onus, a training and consultancy service who specialise in the field of domestic violence.
These pledges relate to making information and support available to victims, and to providing training to line managers and volunteer ‘trusted colleagues’ so that Council can identify and respond adequately to any employee who confides in them.
Domestic Violence can affect an estimated one in four women, and one in 9 men. Last year, the PSNI responded to over 27,000 incidents reported with a domestic abuse motivation. In recognising this, Ballymena Borough Council acknowledges that domestic violence is not something that happens only behind closed doors, and that its impact can extend into the workplace.
Deputy Mayor of Ballymena, Cllr James McClean, said: “It is an unfortunate reality that these issues may affect some of our staff personally, or indeed anyone who comes into our buildings. By signing up to the charter and by displaying the Safe Place logo, we are giving the message that Ballymena Borough Council has a zero tolerance attitude to domestic violence. Anyone suffering from domestic abuse can find help and information at various points on our premises. I would encourage any business or organisation in the borough to get in touch with Onus to see how they can incorporate these pledges and actions into their policies.”
For more information, please contact www.onustraining.co.uk.