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2014 National Women's Conference
18 October 2013

In light of the recent United Nations evidence on the growing prevalence and impact of violence against women here and throughout the world, Council expresses extreme regret that UNISON NDC Conference 2013 defeated an amendment calling for women to be assumed to be telling the truth when they report abuse.

Conference calls on the National Women’s Committee to work with all relevant UNISON structures in a campaign against violence against women in campaigns designed:

* to confront and challenge violence against women throughout society including within our movement;

* to extend screening for domestic violence to all forms of violence against women and in all areas of health care;

* to ensure that any policies and strategies that are developed are sensitive to the particular needs and circumstances of women – particularly on issues such as mental health, self-harm and suicide which are often related to violence and sexual abuse; and

* to champion the work of community and voluntary organisations dealing with this issue.

Conference also calls for the National Womens Committee to work with all relevant structures to work for the full implementation of the recent recommendations on violence against women contained within the concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on the seventh periodic report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.