Tackling domestic violence

19/05/2011

Tackling domestic violence

Support for people in workplaces who are affected by domestic violence and abuse is being highlighted across the Western Trust area.

 

The Western Domestic Violence Partnership has reaffirmed its commitment to a Pledge aimed at enhancing coordination and links between statutory agencies and voluntary groups tackling domestic violence.

 

Chaired by the Western Trust, the interagency Domestic Violence Partnership has representatives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Women’s Aid, the Northern Ireland Court Service, the Housing Executive, NSPCC, Barnardo’s, the Social Security Agency, the Probation Board for Northern Ireland and other organisations. The groups work together to ensure that the needs of victims are met and that through continued positive partnership working, domestic violence will eventually be eradicated.

 

It is acknowledged that under-reporting of domestic violence incidents is an issue. On average the PSNI attend 60 domestic related incidents per day and it is maintained that many more cases go unreported. The Partnership collectively acknowledged this issue and gave a commitment to strengthen their support systems to encourage those affected by domestic violence, particularly employees through this initiative, to come forward in confidence.

 

Deirdre Mahon, the outgoing chair of the Partnership welcoming the discussion, said: “Domestic Violence is an issue that affects many people both in their home life and in the workplace. I have been privileged to lead a dedicated and professional team in the Western Domestic Violence Partnership and I firmly believe that the Pledge will go a long way in raising greater awareness of the issue.”

 

Aidan Gordon, incoming Partnership chair, added: “I am honoured to be taking over from Deirdre at a time of significant developments in the area of domestic violence. I am proud to reaffirm our commitment to the Pledge and I would like to thank Deirdre for all her efforts in leading the way on this initiative, which will lead to a greater awareness of the issue of domestic violence in the workplace.”

 

All of the Partnership organisations reaffirmed their commitment to the Pledge which recognises the need to support employees who may be affected by the issue of domestic violence.