Trade Unions launch major survey to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

November 25th 2013

Domestic violence may happen behind closed doors but it has far reaching consequences and is known to have an impact on the working lives of those living with an abusive partner.

Today (25 November 2013), the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) along with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), is launching a survey to find out more about how domestic violence affect affects working life and the role that employers, colleagues, and union reps can play in supporting those experiencing domestic abuse.

STUC Assistant Secretary Ann Henderson said
“Domestic violence continues to affect our members and their ability to remain in employment. The Scottish Government will shortly be publishing a Violence Against Women Strategy, to which trade unions have a very valuable contribution to make. This joint trade union survey will go some way towards improving workplace policies and the support we can all give to those experiencing abuse”

Speaking on behalf of the TUC, Scarlet Harris said “The survey is entirely anonymous. You will not be asked for your name, contact details or any information which could be used to identify you or your employer.

“We would ask people to take a few minutes to share their experience with us and to pass the link on to any friends or colleagues who might want to participate.

“The results from this survey will help trade unions develop policy and actions to support those experiencing domestic violence.”

ICTU Equality Officer Clare Moore, echoing the call for maximum participation in the survey said. “Research shows that approximately 1 in 4 women in Northern Ireland have, or currently experience domestic violence whilst domestic violence accounts for approximately one-fifth of all recorded violent crime in Northern Ireland.”


Contact Ann Henderson STUC Assistant Secretary 07875 208167

The survey can be accessed from the following link:

Notes to Editors:

  1. 25th November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

  2. The recent STUC Women’s Conference in Dundee highlighted the need for strong workplace policies to support women in remaining in employment. Decisions of conference can be found at

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