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Are you a perpetrator of domestic abuse, domestic violence and/or sexual violence?

Domestic abuse, domestic or sexual violence perpetrated by employees of Carmarthenshire County Council will not be condoned under any circumstances.

You should be made aware that domestic abuse, domestic or sexual violence is a serious matter which could lead to a criminal conviction. The Council requires perpetrators of domestic abuse, domestic or sexual violence to declare any related prosecutions.

Proven harassment and intimidation of another employee of the Council by you as the individual’s partner, ex-partner or relative, while you are also working for the Council, will be viewed seriously and may lead to disciplinary action being taken.

Conduct outside work (whether or not it leads to a criminal conviction) may lead to disciplinary action against you if you are a perpetrator of domestic abuse, domestic or sexual violence. There will be an investigation into the facts as far as possible, a view taken, and consideration given as to whether your conduct is sufficiently serious to warrant disciplinary action on a case by case basis. Reference should be made to the Council’s Disciplinary Policy and Code of Conduct which sets out the standards of conduct and behaviour expected of employees at all times.

Factors to consider include:

  • the nature of the conduct;
  • the nature and type of work you do;
  • the extent to which it involves contact with other employees, service users, children and vulnerable adults; and
  • your status as an employee.

In addition, such conduct may make certain job duties inappropriate and justify dismissal or redeployment. It will not be appropriate for you, as a perpetrator of domestic abuse, domestic or sexual violence, to be providing services to children or vulnerable adults. Disciplinary action could result in you being dismissed or justify a change in duties or redeployment in line with the Council’s Redeployment Policy.

If you are concerned about your abusive behaviour you can disclose your concerns in confidence either to your line manager, the Council’s Occupational Health Unit or to local or national specialist support agencies listed on our Help and Support page

There is help and support available to you and the Council will support you in accessing these services if you want to.

In cases where both the victim and perpetrator are employees of Carmarthenshire County Council, appropriate action will be taken. The safety of the victim will always be prioritised, and action should be taken to minimise risks. Disciplinary action may be considered against you, as the individual perpetrating abuse. Action may also be taken to minimise the potential for you, as the perpetrator to use your position or the Council’s resources to further abuse or to locate the victim. Any decisions about maintaining safety should be taken in partnership with the victim/survivor.

Couple counselling or mediation is never a recommended course.

If you disclose that you are a perpetrator of domestic abuse, domestic or sexual violence you can expect that where possible any information you provide is confidential and will not be shared with other members of staff without your permission.

In circumstances where there are concerns about children or vulnerable adults, confidentiality cannot be assured. However, as far as possible, information will only be shared on a need-to-know basis.

Breaches of confidentiality by any member of staff will be taken seriously.

The Council can also provide confidential counselling and support to you via the Occupational Health Unit. Refer to our Help and Support page for further information.

Page updated: 01/07/2022 09:27:37