Published 22 September 2023

Council employees are being encouraged and supported to report Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the workplace.

Members of Corporate Services Committee agreed a new policy to raise awareness as well as ensure employees feel protected by offering confidential and sympathetic support to anyone affected by GBV.

The Policy reinforces the Council’s zero tolerance approach to domestic violence, encouraging and supporting employees to report concerns. All reports of GBV will be treated seriously with appropriate action taken against any employee whose behaviours breach the expected standard of a Council employee.

The Council recognises that although anyone can experience GBV, the overwhelming majority of people affected are women who suffer abuse of violence from a male perpetrator as a result of their gender. .

The policy also includes guidelines to address the behaviour of employees who may be or are perpetrators of GBV and who may pose a risk to others while at work.

Employees experiencing GBV can apply for up to 5 days leave, with pay.  

Convener of Corporate Services, Councillor Daniel Lennie, said: “I am pleased to see this new policy approved as the Council recognises that as one of the biggest employers in West Dunbartonshire it has a responsibility for the health, safety and welfare of employees and also of our citizens. Any person experiencing gender based violence will receive confidential support and the new policy means they are entitled to take some  time away from work, which I’m sure will be a great help and support to our employees.”

Vice Convener of Corporate Services, Councillor Michelle McGinty, said: “Everyone has the right to attend their work without the fear of discrimination. The Council is committed to ensuring gender equality in the workplace and preventing violence against anyone. By increasing awareness of the signs of gender based violence and providing a safe and supportive working environment, the council is enhancing the many different welfare supports we offer to employees.”