Denbighshire County Council has adopted a domestic abuse policy for employees.

The policy is part of the Council’s wider work to reduce domestic abuse and will support employees who are experiencing domestic abuse or have experienced it in the past.

It provides guidance to managers on how to recognise signs of the domestic abuse and what support is available to their staff as well as offering domestic abuse leave allowing employees to seek safe housing or attend medical appointments and counselling.

Cllr Mark Young, the Council’s Lead Member for Planning, Public Protection and Safer Communities, said: “The Council has made reducing domestic abuse a priority and is committed to building awareness of domestic abuse, helping our staff and young people know where to find and access the support, as quickly and as safely as possible.

“This new policy for our staff will help provide the support they need when they need it most.”

Other work the Council is undertaking includes early intervention programmes to protect and educate children, training for Council staff as well as raising awareness in the community and providing information.

On November 25 last year Denbighshire Leisure Ltd lit up the Rhyl Pavilion and Rhyl Sky Tower in white for Denbighshire County Council in support of White Ribbon Day, the international day for the eradication of violence against women.

If you’re the victim of domestic abuse, you can ring the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 8010 800 now or visit the website