Gender-based violence policy

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Angus Council is to adopt an employee gender based violence policy in moves to support staff who may be subjected to violence in their private lives.

The council’s Strategic Policy committee approved adoption of the policy at their meeting last Tuesday.

It was reported to committee that although gender based violence has a significant and disproportionate impact on women, who are in the main the victims of violence, men can also be subjected to this treatment.

The council’s policy will require managers to be supportive as possible in situations where gender based violence issues have been disclosed and to deal with issues which arise from the employee’s circumstances.

Councillor Bob Myles, convener of Strategic Policy, said: “Angus Council will not tolerate gender based violence in any form and this policy will raise awareness throughout our organisation of this issue.

“We aim to increase a personal sense of safety and security for our employees, as well as increasing productivity and morale.”

Adoption by the council of the employee gender based violence policy co-incides with the annual 16 Days of Action campaign for the elimination of violence against women, and which included White Ribbon Day on November 25.