COMBATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE: EUROPEAN UNION DAPHNE INITIATIVE
Researcher: Andrew Parker
In 1999 CEDAR were commissioned by the GMB Trade Union (West Midlands Region) to design and manage the research element of their latest workplace initiative which seeks to identify ways in which union convenors and stewards might deal with workers suffering the consequences of domestic violence. This was originally designed as a 12-month project (running between December 1999 and December 2000) but due to complications with the trans-national partner and their fulfilment of some aspects of the project, this period has been extended. See projects completed in 2001. The project is part of the European Commission’s second call for funding under the DAPHNE initiative (EU Justice and Home affairs Task Force). The project is both regional and international. Based within the Black Country, it involves GMB affiliated companies, the four Black Country Borough Councils (Walsall, Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley) and women’s’ refuge agencies. At the same time, workplace measures and initiatives generated by the project are being mirrored by the Seville based Spanish Trade Union, UGT.