“Domestic abuse: a toolkit for employers”

Public Health England and Business in the Community have collaborated to produce a toolkit for employers focusing on domestic abuse.

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), one in four women and one in six men are victims of domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime.  This represents a significant proportion of the UK’s population, with many victims being of working age. In the last year, 1.9 million adults aged between 16 to 59 have experienced domestic abuse. In addition, individuals may be affected by abuse long after they have left an abusive partner.

This has a huge cost to businesses and wider society, including through absenteeism and presenteeism. Organisations have a duty of care to their employees and this includes those who are experiencing domestic abuse.

PHE and Business in the Community have developed this toolkit for business leaders, senior practitioners, HR, Occupational Health, Health & Safety and line managers. It includes mythbusting, suggestions for key actions organisations can take to support members of staff who are experiencing domestic abuse, as well as some case studies of initiatives employers are already taking in this area, including Business Healthy member Lloyd’s Banking Group.

There is free support for those working in the City of London, offered by the Vulnerable Victims’ Advocate – Ayesha Fordham. The VVA provides a free, confidential and independent service, providing the individual with emotional and practical support to help them address their needs and work through their experience. She works closely with the City of London Police and other relevant organisations, to ensure that victims are receiving efficient and specialist support. Ayesha has access to a number of outreach sites across the Square Mile and is able to meet the individual in a location convenient and safe for them. Ayesha can be contacted in confidence on 07944 634946.

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