The Topic of the month at IPS International this April is Preventing Violence and Harassment.

What is Violence?

Violence is distinguished from injury or harm that results from unintended actions and incidents. There are all types of violence:

  • Physical Violence
  • Sexual Violence
  • Emotional Violence
  • Psychological Violence
  • Culture Violence
  • Verbal Violence
  • Financial Violence
  • Neglect

 

What is Harassment?

Harassment is continued, unwanted and annoying actions, including threats and demands:

  • Written or verbal threats/abuse
  • Offensive emails or social media posts
  • Physical behaviour
  • Spreading rumours or false information
  • Pranks, practical jokes, or teasing
  • Unwelcome sexual advances – such as
    unwanted touching, hugging/patting, wolf-whistling, comments on a person’s physical appearance, etc.

 

Personal Safety

With the tragic murder of Sarah Everard, the subject of personal safety, but in particular women’s safety, has become more relevant.

Did you know that the majority of women learn in ‘safekeeping’ routines from an early age from holding their keys as weapons on a walk, calling friends/family to make them aware of where they are and planning routes in well lit public areas.

Q: Do you consider your safety when out in public? Do you take any precautions to ensure your own safety?

Tips to stay safe in public

  • Avoid walking home alone at the end of the evening
  • Keep the phone number of a trusted taxi firm handy or the Uber account app
  • Have your key ready when you approach your home or car, to avoid delay in entering
  • If you’re attacked, scream and shout as loud as you can, have use a personal alarm if you have one
  • Always walk facing oncoming traffic
    Carry a torch (your phone should have one) after dark and be alert

Emergency SOS on phones
Watch our guidance video above to see how the Emergency SOS settings on an iphone can be switched on and how it works.

 

Equality and Diversity

IPS International takes Equality & Diversity matters seriously – any discrimination or harassment is unlawful. Remember that you can be prosecuted for harassing a person.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against anyone with a protected characteristic. The nine protected characteristics are as follows:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

 

 

Where to get additional support and advice

If you have questions or would like to discuss the subject of violence and harassment against women, or if you have been affected by the recent coverage of this subject in the media, then please talk to your trainer, tutor or contact your IPS Designated Safeguarding Officers.

You can contact our Safeguarding Officers; Laura and Mary on:

Mary – 07900 265335
Laura – 07483 095871

 

Please find sources of support and use the links below to help:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/
https://www.supportline.org.uk/

 

Would you like to talk someone about the Topic of the Month? Contact us today.