Fran Fox – Individual Award Nominee – 2004

Fran is a member of UNISON, the trade union for workers in the public services and whose members are mostly women. She has brought the subject of domestic abuse to the attention of her own employer in Portsmouth and to that of employers further afield in health and local government. She has always emphasised that domestic abuse is a workplace issue and therefore an issue for trade unions. Fran has carried out a huge amount of work in her voluntary capacity as a trade union member, in negotiations, lobbying, training and practical initiatives. She has sought tirelessly to communicate the message that domestic violence is an issue whose effects are carried beyond the home into a woman’s work life, and that good employer’s need to recognise this and support their employees accordingly.