Council adopts Domestic Violence/Abuse (Workplace) Policy

Published: 12th December 2016

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council approved the adoption of the Domestic Violence/Abuse (Workplace) Policy at November’s Policy and Resources Committee.

Domestic violence or abuse can potentially affect anyone. Within the Fermanagh and Omagh district there were 1,493 domestic abuse incidents and 685 domestic abuse crimes between April 2015 and March 2016 [PSNI Domestic Abuse Statistics].

The Council is committed to creating a working environment that promotes the view that violence or abuse against any person is wrong, and where Council employees should feel comfortable discussing domestic violence or abuse with their line managers or trusted colleagues, as well as when seeking assistance for their individual concerns or issues.

Within the Domestic Violence/Abuse (Workplace) Policy, the Council states its intentions, including:
To publish lists of resources for victims, survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence or abuse.
To make support available to employees if required, for example counselling.
To provide signposting to organisations that can provide information and support to perpetrators of domestic violence, should they seek help voluntarily.
To develop awareness amongst line managers within the Council, to ensure that they are ready to respond to direct requests for help from employees, or to signs or incidents of domestic violence or abuse.
The Domestic Violence/Abuse (Workplace) Policy also provides information and guidance for Council employees who may be experiencing domestic violence or abuse, colleagues who may have concerns about a fellow employee, perpetrators of domestic violence or abuse who may wish to seek help, line managers, and supervisors.

Speaking about the Council’s adoption of the Domestic Violence/Abuse (Workplace) Policy, Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, said:

‘The Council has a moral responsibility to its employees in relation to providing a safe and harmonious working environment. The Council takes this responsibility very seriously. The adoption of this policy will ensure that victims of domestic violence who raise the issue in the workplace will be treated promptly, sensitively and with regard to their personal safety and confidentiality.”

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