Domestic Violence event for Trade Union reps and members
On Saturday April 29th 2017, the Nottingham Trade Union Education Centre, part of Central College Nottingham, hosted a one day course for trade unionists on the issue of Domestic Violence.
The event was designed and organised by TUC tutor Helen Nolan and was open to reps and members of any TUC-affiliated unions. On a bank holiday weekend, it was heartening to see 27 people attend, including members of half a dozen trade unions. A special mention should go to the young woman from Community who travelled all the way from Glasgow to take part.
As well as activities designed by Helen, participants heard from Marsha Brown and Gill Court from Nottingham Women’s Aid and from the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping. A particular highlight mentioned by many people in their evaluations was the passionate and informative session by Dr Lyndsey Harris, a leading criminologist from the University of Nottingham who explained the inadequacies of the Criminal Justice System in connection with domestic violence and abuse.
The feedback from participants was extremely positive as they left with increased awareness of domestic Violence and Abuse and, very importantly, much greater confidence in taking up the issues at work and within their unions.