Celebrating 10th anniversary of Belfast Trust’s Domestic and Sexual Abuse support services.

Nexus NI were delighted to attend a celebration event on Monday 10th December to mark the 10th anniversary of the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust’s Domestic and Sexual Abuse support services for staff.  The event also poignantly fell on the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day.

Belfast Trust launched their domestic abuse support services on International Human Rights day in 2008 and were the first Trust in Northern Ireland to develop a policy and support service for staff and deliver it in partnership with Trade Union colleagues. As a result of this service and workplace policy, Belfast Trust have been able to provide valuable practical advice and adjustments as well as emotional support for staff in the workplace.   This work has been recognised as best practice and the Trust has been asked to share resources and experience across different sectors Northern Ireland and with NHS England colleagues.

Most recently, Belfast Trust broadened the scope of their policy and support service to incorporate sexual abuse and violence – this is in accordance with the Joint Department of Health and Department of Justice Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland, which takes a zero tolerance approach to domestic and sexual violence or abuse. In marking the 10th anniversary of their support services, Belfast Trust wanted to formally launch this newly revised workplace policy and also pay tribute to the support officers, who undertake this important role on a voluntary basis in conjunction with their job.