In the news (14.11)
With 1 in 3 women experiencing violence at some point in their lives, the likelihood of staff experiencing abuse or harassment is high, be that at home, at work, or of an everyday nature such as “banter”. These can have negative impacts on the working environment such as poor mental health, productivity and employee relations1.
Violence Against Women (VAW) therefore has a huge effect on the workplace – yet it often goes unrecognised as a site of prevention work.
Below we’ve outlined our top 10 tips gathered from our PACT programme which advocates having a VAW policy in the workplace; from our work with employers; and from international evidence, to bring employers a quick guide on preventing and protecting against VAW in the workplace. ...
FORTY years ago, when Scottish Women’s Aid was first set up, society tried to turn a blind eye to what went on behind the closed doors of a marriage. The unspeakable violence inflicted on thousands of “battered women” was largely tolerated.
But now, in 2016, not only is domestic violence viewed as reprehensible, but a ground-breaking domestic abuse bill, passing through Scottish parliament over the next year, is set to acknowledge the specific nature of the crime – that it is part of a pattern of behaviour by the abuser often called coercive control.
That pattern frequently includes financial abuse, isolation and degradation of the victim, mind games and the micro-regulation of everyday life from phone calls to dress and food consumption. Violence itself may be rare or sporadic, though the threat of it may lead the victim to exist in continual terror. ...
New Responses to Domestic Abuse via @bellacaledonia
25,000 new cases of domestic abuse every year – that’s the estimate given by Scottish Women’s Aid in December 2015, extrapolated from their annual census. And the organisation warned that the number was probably much higher. Women’s rights organisations have long campaigned for a legal system that can properly recognise and prosecute all kinds of domestic abuse, rather than just physical violence – and Scotland could soon be leading the way in this regard.
The Domestic Abuse Bill, due to be introduced to parliament by June next year, will see a new offence created, which crucially would include “coercive behaviour” and other actions seen as “abusive in relation to a partner or ex-partner”. The move is linked to the government’s work on ending violence against women and girls; its 2015-16 statistics record 79% of all domestic abuse incidents as having a female victim and male accused. ...
An advice columnist's response to a letter about rape has sparked an angry backlash in Singapore and accusations of victim-blaming.
In the letter to Teenage magazine's agony aunt, the writer, apparently a teenage girl, said she was raped by a friend and had "no-one to turn to".
The Dear Kelly columnist said in reply that she had "acted like a girl who had been around" and should be "grateful he wore a condom". ..