Dr Cosgrove and Dr Kidd display commitment to victims of domestic abuse

13 March, 2012

Dr Cosgrove and Dr Kidd display commitment to victims of domestic abuse


Dr Cosgrove and Dr Kidd have become the first GP practice to adopt the Safe Place initiative, and to receive the Bronze Workplace Charter, to support victims of domestic abuse.  


David Ford MLA presented Dr Cosgrove with the Bronze Charter.  David Ford has been keen to encourage the Safe Place initiative and the Workplace Charter scheme, and he has ensured his own South Antrim constituency office and Alliance Party staff have received training on effective disclosure to victims of domestic abuse. 


Dr Cosgrove is one of the original White Ribbon ‘Champions’ who in 2008 signed a pledge ‘never to commit, condone or stay silent about violence against women’.  The domestic abuse Champions across Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Larne and Newtownabbey vowed to speak up for victims of domestic abuse and to do what they could to raise awareness of the scale of the problem and of the support services available, within their personal and professional capacity.


The following year, all 108 MLAs  were amongst thousands of others who signed up to becoming White Ribbon Champions, prompting Speaker of the Assembly William Hay to comment that it was the first time he could recall all 108 MLAs united unanimously behind a cause.


Fran O’Boyle, Services Manager of Women’s Aid commended all involved for their continued support for women and children experiencing violence in the home.  She said:


‘While many victims of domestic abuse may attend their GP surgery, there often remains a reluctance to disclose the real reason behind their illness – living in an abusive relationship. 


We hope to extend the Safe Place resources and logo, and the Bronze Workplace Charter award, into all GP practices which will reinforce the message that victims are in a Safe Place to disclose domestic abuse and support is available. 


We would also like to say thank you to Dr Cosgrove, Dr Kidd and David Ford for ensuring that victims of domestic abuse do not get forgotten’. 


For further information on how to tackle domestic violence as workplace issue, please visit www.onustraining.co.uk for further information on our wide range of services on offer or contact  02825632136.


Anyone dealing with domestic violence can access support by calling the 24hr Domestic Violence Helpline on 0800 917 1414.  Safe Place resources also give contact information for PSNI, Victim Support and Childline.