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Bullying support groups in the UK

DAWN - Dignity At Work Now is a bullying in the workplace support and campaign group in the West Midlands, England. Membership is open to anyone with experience of or interest in bullying including targets, their families, professionals, etc. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month. For more information and membership details email DAWNINFORM@aol.com

OXBOW (for Oxfordshire employees Bullied Out of Work) is a bully support group for people who are being or have been bullied. Consisting mostly (but not exclusively) of teachers, ex-teachers and ex-social workers, the group meets in Oxford to pool knowledge and experience to help members gain justice. For details contact Jennie Chesterton, Tel 01367 710308. Like-minded public sector employees actively tackling bullying around the UK are welcome to make contact.

Berkshire and Surrey workplace bullying support group was founded in February 2000 as a self-help and bully support group for people who have experienced stress through bullying at work. Meetings are currently every other month. The group focus is on individuals moving forward and meetings are in a positive vein. Contact Jo Butcher, tel 01753 861706.

Mid-Wales: We're building up a party of interested people to start a new bully support group covering Builth Wells, Brecon, Llandrindod Wells - all in Powys, mid-Wales. Contact Vicky via email at bullied_at_work@hotmail.com

West Country Support Group: WCSG has been set up to help victims of workplace bullying from the West Country of England. WCSG aims to provide on-line and face to face mutual support to those who are suffering, or have suffered, from bullying in the past: http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/westcountrysupport/

SupportYou.org is a support group for targets of workplace bullying and/or harassment in East Anglia, England.

The Independent Police Support Group is a support group for all police staff in relation to bullying and whistleblowing. The group is currently seeking volunteers to form a core group with varying skills and experience. The group is also open to former members of police staff and would be keen to hear from staff who have left the service due to bullying or having been victimised for highlighting malpractice. Please write in confidence to: Independent Police Support Group, 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3XX or email ipsg01@aol.com

BALM (Bullied & Abused Lives in Ministry) offers support to church ministers and their close family.

If you're a target of corporate bullying and macho management (sic) anywhere in the UK you might like to contact the support group HSG. They can assist you in identifying the bullying techniques used in public or large private sector corporations and help you put yourself back in control. They have particular experience in dealing with local authority bullying. Contact Heather Hogan BA Hons, M Inst, L Exec, tel 07788 571990.

Adult Bullying Clampdown - Northern Ireland: The ABC support group for adults who have been bullied at work will not be meeting regularly in the Lagan Valley Island Centre in the incoming year due to personal commitments and heavy work duties of the co-ordinators. We will meet from time to time and the venue and time will be announced in the local press or in Tim Field's newsletter Bullying Times. Many of our members feel it is important to keep in touch as they have found the support invaluable to their situation. More info from abclampdown@btinternet.com

Freedom to Nurse is a group run by and for grassroots nurses with the aim of allowing qualified nurses the freedom to practise our skills at the bedside. We offer support to nurses who are bullied when they try and tackle problems at work such as: lack of staff; poor skill mix; inadequate patient care by support workers in nursing homes. We can be contacted by e-mail on freedomtonurse@yahoo.com or by post at Freedom to Nurse, PO Box 37, Worksop, Notts S80 1ZT. Write for a copy of our Survival Guide!

A support forum for UK Post Office, and in particular the Royal Mail, employees and ex-employees. To join see http://www.egroups.com/subscribe/Red_and_blues or subscribe via www.workplacebullying.com


Bullying support forum for targets of bullying in North America (USA and Canada)

Nineveh Group is a ministry of Crever Memorial United Methodist Church in Petersburg, Pennsylvania helping individuals coping with workplace bullying and/or mobbing. We are located in central Huntingdon County, about 25 miles south of State College and 25 miles northeast of Altoona, Pennsylvania. Contact: G E Croyle, Lay Contactperson, Nineveh Group, Crever Memorial United Methodist Church, Petersburg, PA 16669-0034, USA. Email Nineveh-Owner@YahooGroups.com.

Nineveh has an online forum for support and discussion. To join see http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nineveh and once you've joined you can see the Nineveh bookmarks page at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Nineveh/links which contains links to further resources.


Bullying support groups in Canada

Anti Workplace Bullying Support Group in Vancouver, BC, Canada: we're Karen and Stephen and we're two targets of workplace bullies who have set up a support group in the Greater Vancouver area (Canada) which meets monthly. Our aim is to share information pertaining to laws and regulations in British Columbia (which seems to be at least ten years behind much of the "civilized" world) and raise enough awareness within the province to facilitate a change in attitude. We also wish to offer mutual support, advice help and encouragement for fellow targets of workplace bullying. To join or find out more, please email us at nobullyforme@shaw.ca, letting us know how we may contact you, which city you are from and, if you like, a bit of background with regards to your bullying experience. We have a web site at http://www.nobullyforme.org/
and a forum/board for people with updated articles and health info at http://p066.ezboard.com/bnobullyforme


Bullying support groups in Australia and New Zealand

BULLIED WORKERS RECLAIMING OUR LIVES PROJECT: the Bullied Workers Support Action Network (BWSAN) operates from 78 Hutt St, Adelaide, and offers support to bullied and harassed workers. It provides information, assistance and support for workers with their cases, refers people to other agencies and assists healing and return to work through a fortnightly networking and sharing between bullied and harassed workers. Meetings are held on the first and third Saturday of every month at 3pm at The Colour Building 78 Hutt St, Adelaide, corner of Wakefield St. Call Don on 0422 103 945 or 8178 1067 if you’re coming or for more details.

Attorney General's Department, New South Wales, Australia, support group web site: http://www.gonowto.us/agdbullying/

Workplace Bullying Support Group: The Workers Health Centre is holding an information session for people who want to be involved in a pilot support group for victims of workplace bullying. The session will be held at the Centre's premises, 12 Railway Street, Lidcombe on Friday July 25 2003 from 4pm to 6pm. Workers interested in attending the information session are asked to ring the Centre on ph: 02 9749 7666 to register beforehand. For further information contact Denise Mowbray on ph: 02 9749 7666. See http://unionsafe.labor.net.au/news/105771311724748.html


Organisations and individuals - international (in alphabetical order of country)

Bullying resources in
Australia | Canada | Finland | France | Germany | Ireland | Sweden | USA

Belgium: SASAM is the Belgian movement against bullying. The organization is focused on 4 points : battling bullying, prevention, sensibilizing the media and the public, political lobbying regarding laws to be improved.

Holland: Stop Mobbing stil verdriet op de werkvloer

Holland: see www.pesten.net

Holland: Psychische terreur op het werk: a Dutch web site on workplace bullying

Italy: PRIMA Associazione contro Mobbing e Stress Psico-sociale, founded in 1996, is the first Italian Association against Mobbing and Psychosocial Stress: PRIMA Associazione contro Mobbing e Stress Psico-sociale, via Tolmino 14, 40134 Bologna, Italy, Tel +39-051-6148919, fax +39-051-941926, e-mail harald.ege@iol.it, web site http://aziende.iol.it/prima. Dr Harald Ege, the Director, has written the following books (in Italian):
Harald Ege, "Mobbing", Pitagora, Bologna, 1996
Harald Ege, "Mobbing in Italia", Pitagora, Bologna, 1997
Harald Ege and Maurizio Lancioni, "Stress e Mobbing", Pitagora, Bologna,1998
Harald Ege, "I numeri del Mobbing", Pitagora, Bologna, 1998

Italy: "Stop mobbing. Resistere alla violenza psicologica sul posto di lavoro" (Stop mobbing. Resisting psychological violence at work), Antonio A. Casilli, Rome, DeriveApprodi, 2000. Foreword by Paul McCarthy from the Australian Beyond Bullying Association.
Antonio A. Casilli, MAP book series Editor, DeriveApprodi Srl, via Visso 12-14, 00157 - Rome, Italy. To order copy of the book: tel +39 06 4121 9614, fax +39 06 4124 9505, email derive.approdi@libero.it, website: http://www.ecn.org/deriveapprodi

Japan: Workplace Bullying in Universities in Japan is the web site of K Ogoshi (who won her case in court) and N Wakayama.

Japan: Bullying at Work in Japan (in Japanese), Yujiro Tokunaga, Neil Crawford, Rika Sato, NHK Publications, Tokyo, 1997, ISBN 4-14-080349-5

Portugal: Proposed legislation seeks to tackle workplace bullying in Portugal

South Africa: Susan Marais' Foundation for the Study of Work Trauma is at http://www.worktrauma.org

Spain: AGAVAL is the Asociacion Gaditana de Ayuda a Victimas de Acoso Laboral

Spain: El síndrome del acoso institucional

Spain: Norma sobre Acoso

Spain: Mitigación del Acoso Institucional, estrategias para prevención

Spain: Maria J. Martinez-Pascua has translated some pages from Bully OnLine at http://www.terra.es/personal4/mmpascua/ and http://pascua.xoasis.com/ under the Ethics heading.

Spain: El Acoso Moral en el Trabajo desde la Óptica Social

Spain: forum on bullying

Spain: MOBBING.NU at www.mobbing.nu

Spain: El maltrata psicologico (book)

Switzerland: Mobbing-Zentrale Schweiz


Books

Connect Self Help UK, ISBN 0 9521031 1 7

Self Help Groups - Getting Started, Keeping Going, Judy Wilson and Jan Myers, ISBN 1-874259-00-3


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