From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 days of Activism against Gender-based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanise action to end all forms of violence – whether it be domestic violence, rape, honour-based violence, or human trafficking for the purposes of sexual slavery, domestic servitude and forced labour.

It is NIPSA’s policy to promote and campaign on behalf of all victims of domestic and sexual violence.  In our efforts to confront domestic violence we continue to work with employers to get them to recognise that domestic violence is a workplace issue and to ensure a workplace policy is developed which will create a safe and supportive working environment which gives victims the confidence to come forward.

During these 16 Days of Activism we are calling on Branches to use this as an opportunity to raise awareness of domestic violence in the workplace and to include it as a standing item on the agenda of Branch Health and Safety Committee meetings. 

Also as part of the 16 Days of Activism NIPSA has agreed to support Women’s Aid poster campaign.  A series of posters, produced by the Belfast Area Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Partnership, which we would ask you to encourage employers to display on the back of toilet doors.  We also our NIPSA publication Domestic Violence A Trade Union Guide is available.

Geraldine Alexander

Assistant Secretary