Northern TUC fully supports PCC Kim McGuinness as she re-launches programme to train hundreds of new Domestic Abuse Workplace Champions

24 Feb 2021 09:16 PM

Many local organisations are training up Domestic Abuse Workplace Champions - thanks to a virtual roll-out of a scheme from PCC Kim McGuinness’s office.

Beth Farhat and PCC Kim McGuinness

Beth Farhat, Northern TUC Regional Secretary and PCC Kim McGuinness

Supporting staff with their physical and mental well-being has been high on the priority list for many businesses during lockdown, and based on the rise in reported cases of DA many are now increasing their focus on domestic abuse and are using a reinvigorated scheme run by the Office of the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Kim McGuinness, to help.

During the pandemic, many frontline and specialist domestic abuse services experienced a rise in demand as stay at home orders trapped survivors in the house, with their abuser.

As of Friday 19th February, the scheme, which raises awareness of domestic abuse and guides people towards specialist services, has switched to digital delivery. So far, 140 people have signed up, and the course is now fully subscribed until the end of May, with further dates to be scheduled.

Previously the scheme has engaged with more than 300 businesses from throughout the North East, and trained up more than 1500 champions.

To ensure the training reaches as many people as possible, the office has partnered with the Better Health at Work Award, coordinated by the Northern TUC, to offer the specialist training to the hundreds of employers who are committed to the health and wellbeing of their workforce, including making domestic abuse their business.

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