Your organisation will hopefully have a policy about domestic abuse. If it doesn’t you could try to influence that by raising it with your management team/company owner.

Having policies in place, talking with staff about them and supportive management can send a clear signal to victims, abusers and the wider community that an organisation does not tolerate abuse and violence.

This is good for staff and for an organisation’s reputation, but other than just ‘doing the right thing’ there is a financial incentive to tackle this issue. Time off work and decreased productivity due to the harm being experienced by victims can cost an organisation a lot financially. Other staff and customers can also be affected. Harassing phone calls, abusive partners turning up at work, physical assaults on work premises, all of these things can be damaging, time consuming and costly for an organisation to try and resolve.

If you don’t have a policy already, on the Equality and Human Rights Commission website you can find information and advice about developing a workplace policy.  You can also find information and download a template of a model domestic abuse/violence policy from the Women’s Aid website.

More information and a toolkit for employers is also available at the 16 Days of Action website. 

 


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