31 October 2016
The Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Noreen McClelland, attended the Onus 7th Annual Awards Ceremony of the Workplace Charter on Domestic Violence , to collect the Gold Workplace Charter Award. The Council were also awarded Safe Borough Charter status in recognition of the multi-agency working supporting victims of domestic abuse across the Borough.
The Safe Borough Charter status is given in recognition of the range of initiatives supported by Council, businesses, schools, Churches, community groups, PSNI and Northern Health and Social Care Trust to highlight the support available for anyone living with abuse, and clearly stating the message that perpetrators of abuse will be challenged in a Safe Borough.
Onus are a wholly owned subsidiary of Women’s Aid and were established in 2007 to generate income to sustain Women’s Aid services. They aim to complement the work of Women’s Aid and other service providers, by raising awareness of the range of services available for people living with domestic abuse, provide training and consultancy especially through the Safe Place, Safe Employer (Workplace Charter) and Safe Town initiatives.
The Deputy Mayor commented: “We are delighted that we have renewed our Gold Workplace Charter Award and also achieved Safe Borough Charter status. This is a great achievement and demonstrates the commitment of the Council in working towards a society with zero tolerance for domestic abuse.”
Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Noreen McClelland and Joan Cowan, Head of Human Resources for Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council receiving the Safe Borough Award from Deborah Watters, Vice Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board.