First UK Trades Union Anti Domestic Abuse Link Up
CWU Launches New National Anti-Domestic Abuse Partnership with NCDV
Effective immediately, Britain’s 200,000 member-strong Communication Workers Union (CWU) has announced the launch of a new working partnership with leading domestic abuse legal protection organisation, NCDV.
The partnership was formally initiated by the unanimous carriage of Motion 13A at the Union’s Annual Conference 2022 in Bournemouth on Sunday 24th April 2022.
NCDV (National Centre for Domestic Violence) is a 70-strong not-for-profit, community interest company, based in Guildford, which helps victims and survivors of domestic abuse access rapid legal protection, principally in the shape of Non Molestation and other Court Orders.
If perpetrators breach the terms of these civil Orders police have the power to arrest and charge them with a criminal offence for which they can be sent to jail upon conviction.
Members of the CWU, their families and friends will be able to surface concerns about potential cases of abuse through the national, regional and branch network of the Union. NCDV will also be providing a programme of training to Union officials in helping members to identify those at risk and how to make referrals leading to Court Orders.
Sharon Bryan, Partnerships and Development Director at NCDV said:
“We at NCDV are thrilled to have the recognition and support of one of Britain’s biggest unions with its representation across the postal, telecoms, technical, administrative and financial sectors. We applaud CWU’s values including its campaign against all forms of discrimination.”
Paul Moffat, CWU’s Eastern Regional Secretary, said:
“It is our pleasure to work in partnership with the NCDV through National, Regional and Branch Affiliation. We recognise the vital work the NCDV does to help protect victims and survivors of domestic abuse.
“It is absolutely vital that people who have been affected by domestic violence receive the support and information they need to protect themselves and their children, and we are grateful to the NCDV that we can advertise these services not only to our membership but farther afield.
“We support this not for profit organisation financially though affiliation to enable sustainability of the vital services they offer. It is our wish that our partnership grows and that it helps towards a better life for those suffering from domestic violence and abuse.”