Effective immediately, Britain’s 200,000 member-strong Communication Workers Union (CWU) has announced the launch of a new working partnership with the leading domestic abuse legal protection organisation, NCDV. The partnership was formally initiated by the unanimous carriage of motion 13A at the Union’s Annual Conference 2022 in Bournemouth on Sunday, 24th April 2022.
NCDV (National Centre for Domestic Violence) is a 70-strong not-for-profit, community interest company based in Guildford, which helps victims and survivors of domestic abuse access rapid legal protection, principally in the shape of non-molestation and other court orders.
If perpetrators breach the terms of these civil orders, police have the power to arrest and charge them with a criminal offence for which they can be sent to jail upon conviction.
Members of the CWU, their families and friends will be able to surface concerns about potential cases of abuse through the national, regional and branch networks of the Union. NCDV will also provide a programme of training to Union officials in helping members to identify those at risk and how to make referrals leading to Court Orders.
Sharon Bryan, Partnerships and Development director at NCDV, said: ‘We at NCDV are thrilled to have the recognition and support of one of Britain’s biggest unions with its representation across the postal, telecoms, technical, administrative and financial sectors. We applaud CWU’s values, including its campaign against all forms of discrimination.’
Paul Moffat, CWU’s Eastern Regional secretary, said: ‘It is our pleasure to work in partnership with the NCDV through National, Regional and Branch Affiliation. We recognise the vital work the NCDV does to help protect victims and survivors of domestic abuse.’
‘People who have been affected by domestic violence must receive the support and information they need to protect themselves and their children. We are grateful to the NCDV that we can advertise these services not only to our membership but also farther afield.’
‘We support this not for profit organisation financially through affiliation to enable the sustainability of the vital services they offer. Our wish that our partnership grows and helps towards a better life for those suffering from domestic violence and abuse.’