NIPSA is the largest trade union in Northern Ireland representing over 42,500 members employed across the whole of the public services in organisations such as the Northern Ireland Civil Service and its Agencies, Local Government, Education and Library Boards, the Health and Personal Social Services, the NI Housing Executive as well as a host of Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs). NIPSA also represents a significant number of members in the Voluntary Sector.
NIPSA works to promote equality and human rights for all its members including civil society. We regularly represent workers suffering from the impact of violence and work with employers in raising awareness of domestic violence and abuse and developing related policies and practices. We have been working with organisations such as Women’s Aid, Amnesty International, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Equality Commission, International Labour Organisation, the Rainbow Project and others to ensure that all victims of domestic violence and abuse get both the services they need and an appropriate response from the civil and criminal justice systems.
We therefore welcome the opportunity to comment on this consultation and in doing so NIPSA endorses the submissions made by the Women’s Aid Federation for Northern Ireland, Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Belfast Area Domestic Violence Partnership.
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