Dealing with Domestic Violence in the Workplace – A Trade Union Issue

This course has been developed: to raise awareness of domestic violence and its impact on members in the workplace and to assist union representatives who wish to ‘break the silence’ on domestic violence both within the workplace and their unions.

Who is the course for?

This course is for union representatives who want to determine what unions and employers can do to create an environment in which those experiencing domestic violence can speak up and be supported. This is not a course to train reps to counsel members but it will provide information on those who can.

How long is the course?

The course is 3 days long.

What will the course help me to do?

The course will help you:

  • to develop an understanding of domestic violence
  • to consider how it can affect members at work
  • to identify their role, and the roles of others, in supporting members experiencing domestic violence
  • to plan workplace and trade union action on domestic violence

Can I get time off to learn?

Union representatives who wish to attend TUC courses in working time should first ask their employer for time off with pay. The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 give accredited union and safety representatives a legal right to reasonable time off with pay to attend courses approved by the TUC or their union. Guidance towards establishing what constitutes reasonable time off can be found in the ACAS Code of Practice (pdf).

Representatives who find difficulty in obtaining paid time off to attend TUC courses should seek assistance from their senior union representative or full time union officer.

How much is the course?

There are no course fees for union reps from TUC affiliated unions.

Further information

If you require any further information about this course, please contact your TUC Regional Education Officer.