Northumbria UCU @ Domestic and Sexual Violence Champions Network
‘We need the university to have a policy’ (Rachel Lawson, Research and Project Officer, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Northumbria University 22/1/19)
Along with members of Human Resources and UNISON branch officers, several members of Northumbria UCU recently attended a training and information session on becoming part of Northumbria Police’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Champions Network. The excellent session was convened and led by Rachel Lawson, from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, at the direct request of Northumbria UCU.
The statistics and human stories relating to domestic violence are harrowing, and demand a response: 1 in 4 women (aged 16-59) will experience domestic violence and abuse at some point in their lives, and on average 2 women are killed by their present or ex-partner every week in the UK.