’16 Days of Action’ raises awareness in the workplace

’16 Days of Action’ raises awareness in the workplace

Ayrshire College hosted a working lunch event with local partners and employers as part of the ’16 Days of Action’ to help employers across Ayrshire support staff who have experienced domestic abuse.

The campaign is a 16-day, international campaign to end domestic violence. Established in 1991, the campaign raises awareness of the reality of domestic violence and pushes for positive change to increase safety for both women and men.

To start this year’s campaign, the South Ayrshire Multi-Agency Partnership to Tackle Violence Against Women and Children held an event for employers to find out what they can do to support staff. Whatever a person’s role in the workplace, they may be the first point of contact for someone who is seeking help and support because of domestic abuse.

Partners from Police Scotland, South Ayrshire Women’s Aid, South Ayrshire Council, and NHS Ayrshire & Arran took part in the interactive session, discussing signs to look for, encouraging open conversation and communication in the workplace.

Sara Turkington, Equality & Inclusion Advisor said “The working lunch was a real success in pulling employers and organisations from across Ayrshire together to have important discussions on how we might support staff who have experienced domestic abuse.

“It is hoped that as a result of the working lunch, we will see a change in how employers and organisations approach domestic abuse and more broadly gender-based violence in the workplace. It is a serious issue. And one that we can’t ignore.”

Attendees received a pack to support the development of a policy in regards to domestic abuse.

28 November 2018

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