Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has renewed its Gold Workplace Charter Award in recognition of the support it offers to employees who have experienced domestic abuse.
The presentation was made at the recent Onus Awards ceremony, with the Council part of a growing network of employers who have developed a workplace policy and delivered staff training.
The Chair of Causeway Coast and Glens Policing and Community Safety Partnership, Alderman Adrian McQuillan, said: “This is the seventh consecutive year that we have achieved this award, and I was very pleased to accept it on behalf of Council.
“We continue to lead the way in supporting those impacting by domestic abuse, and it is vital that they know they have a supportive employer to turn to.
“Domestic abuse happens all too often, with recent figures from the PSNI confirming that during the festive holiday period last year they received a call every 16 minutes, with 97 incidents reported on Christmas Day alone.
“The very sad reality is that this is affecting too many people in our communities, and as an employer, Council is here to help.”
A 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline is available to anyone who has concerns about domestic or sexual violence, now or in the past, by ringing 0808 802 1414. This is open to all women and men affected by domestic and sexual violence. In an emergency, contact the PSNI on 999.
To find out more about Onus and its Safe Place scheme please visit www.onustraining.co.uk or call 028 2568 9450.