THE Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is calling for urgent action to protect domestic violence services from further cuts.
Speaking at Congress House yesterday, the union highlighted the need for a co-ordinated response from trade unions, employers and individuals, as well as the government against cuts to vital public services.
It submitted a motion to protect Rape Crisis Centres, refuges and domestic violence outreach projects from further decimation by Tory cuts.
Louise Connell, who is on the national committee for the FBU, pointed out that one woman dies as a result of domestic violence every three days.
She also highlighted issues in the workplace including cases where women have been subjected to inappropriate touching, hugging, kissing and also rape.
Ms Connell urged that lack of awareness is detrimental. She said that she once presented a “best policy” document at a work meeting, to male colleagues, and she was told: “There is no need for this. It does not happen here.”