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Gender-based violence and domestic abuse

22 June 2018

UCU campaigns against gender based violence and abuse both in the workplace and in wider society. We are affiliated to End Violence Against Women (EVAW), a coalition of organisations and individuals campaigning to end all forms of violence against women.

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Why gender-based violence and domestic abuse is a trade union issue

The effects of any form of violence against women can affect job performance and job security. The health and safety of those suffering from violence can be at risk. Women are often forced to leave their home, perhaps making the workplace inaccessible, fearing the perpetrator will harass them at work. Members should be able to depend on the union for support, advice and assistance, especially if facing difficulties at work because of their home circumstances.

Early intervention can reduce work-related problems and if a workplace policy is in place the culture to address this 'taboo' subject may change, resulting in a more positive work environment for everyone.

UCU advice and guidance

Gender based violence [166kb]

Action against violence against women - branch guidance [321kb]

Model domestic violence policy [473kb]

Violence at work - UCU factsheet [177kb]

Where to go for help - national organisations

0808 2000 247

Women's Aid (run in partnership with Refuge)
0808 2000 247


Scottish Women's Aid
0800 027 1234

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Women's Aid Federation
0800 917 1414


Welsh Women's Aid
0808 8010 800

Last updated: 5 September 2019