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Coyle welcomes Council introduction of domestic abuse workplace policy

Published: 14 November, 2016

Sinn Féin Councillor Debbie Coyle has welcomed the timely introduction of a domestic violence/abuse Workplace Policy by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

Speaking after last Wednesday night's council meeting, Councillor Coyle said:

"The introduction of this policy is timely as 25th November is the start of sixteen days of activism against gender based violence.

"I proposed that the Council put this policy in place. I believe that it is important that all employees are not only given information on domestic violence and abuse but are also informed where to go for help.

"Many victims of domestic violence require workplace support. Victims should not face discipline if the reason for absence or lateness is, either directly or indirectly, as a result of domestic violence or abuse.

"It is estimated that 20% of female workers take time off work due to domestic abuse or violence and up to 2% actually lose their job. This effect of punishing people for being abused has no place in society.

"It is important that victims feel more confident seeking help, knowing that they will not be disadvantaged under the terms and conditions of their employment.

"Fermanagh and Omagh District Council have shown social responsibility by introducing this policy. Domestic abuse and violence will not be tolerated by the Council. Whether the perpetrator is visiting the workplace, emailing, phoning or texting; the victim will be supported.

"The Council are taking a positive lead and I would hope that this will encourage other employers to introduce similar policies.

"Sinn Féin are committed to tackling domestic violence and abuse. It must have no hiding place in our society." -Ends/Críoch