Borough councillors have signed a formal pledge to ensure domestic violence victims get support and there are open discussions about the issue.
They backed the HEAR campaign which means they agree to:
- Provide access to specialist support for employees;
- Make sure staff get the right training, so they know how to help colleagues;
- Not tolerate domestic abuse in any form;
- Make sure the workplace is supportive for colleagues who experience domestic abuse; and
- Review domestic abuse policies and processes to make sure they are implemented correctly.
Leader of the council’s Independent Partnership, Terry Parish, said: “I’m proud to be a signatory to this important pledge. People find it very difficult to talk about domestic abuse and even harder to ask for help.
“Signing this pledge shows we are all committed to removing barriers and giving people the support they need to talk and get help.”
The borough council has already undertaken a number of actions in support of the pledge, including launching new procedures, arranging training and supporting White Ribbon Day (which this year took place on Saturday 25 November).