UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Sarah Everard – Abducted on a busy London street, later found dead.
Sabina Nessa – Murdered when she took a five-minute walk to meet a friend in a pub.
These two women made it to headlines, many do not and are killed through domestic abuse.
When does it stop? How can we protect ourselves?
The first thing I believe we need to do is talk. Many women (and men) are ashamed, they believe through mental abuse that it is their fault. Do not tell them to ‘just leave’. It is never that simple. Help is out there, support each other, do not judge.
Scotland has passed a domestic abuse (Protection) (Scotland) bill in 2019. We need England and Wales to follow suit as this supports woman mentally and physically.
We can make a difference, no matter how small. We can join as a union and go forward as a united front. We can improve our workplaces; we can improve our policies, but we need every woman to stand up and be counted in PCS.
Become an advocate or local rep. We women, make up 66% of the PCS membership – make a difference for you and your colleagues.
- Does your employer have a domestic abuse policy? If not speak to your PCS rep and take this forward or become an advocate and make a stand.
- Join PCS’s Regional Women Members’ Networks by emailing – Equality@pcs.org.uk (mailto:Equality@pcs.org.uk)
- Take part in PCS training – Combatting domestic abuse rep course (https://bit.ly/2Xa5Wy0)
- Further information on domestic abuse is available on PCS Digital through the Knowledge section accessed through your PCS account. Go to PCS Digital (https://sforce.co/3oWfng6)
It’s time to stand up to violence, it’s time to stand up and be counted.