Gower College Swansea has marked White Ribbon Day by launching a brand new domestic abuse policy.
Domestic abuse is a largely hidden crime as it tends to occurs at home and is very often not reported. Yet, on average, two people are killed by their partner or former partner every week in England and Wales* and, again on average, the police in England and Wales receive over 100 calls relating to domestic abuse every hour**
Ali Morris, Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Coordinator with Swansea Council, spoke at length about the range of support available to anyone in an abusive relationship.
Principal Mark Jones was then joined by Deputy Principal Nick Brazil, Director of Skills and Business Development Paul Kift and Director of Finance Mike Glover to formally pledge their support to support the White Ribbon campaign and launch the new policy.
Also in attendance were Level 2 Art students from the Llwyn y Bryn Campus who, after discussing issues around domestic violence in tutorial, created original artwork to support the launch event.
“We are keen to raise awareness of this important policy and to let female and male members of staff know that we are an employer that can offer support for anyone in an abusive or controlling relationship,” says Director of HR Sarah King.
** HMIC, 2015
Photo: Adrian White