In light of today’s Safer Lincolnshire Partnership’s Domestic Homicide Review demanding greater collective awareness for the signs of domestic abuse, Business in the Community (BITC) are calling for all employers to take steps to support their employees who may be affected by domestic abuse.
An estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16 to 59 experienced domestic abuse in the last year. Two women each week and one man each month are killed in England and Wales by a current or former partner. Domestic abuse is a hugely destructive problem and we have a collective responsibility to tackle it. Employers have an important role to play in society’s response to domestic abuse.
The toolkit sets out three key actions for employers:
- Acknowledge Use this toolkit to help understand the issues, and acknowledge every employer’s responsibility to address domestic abuse. Enable colleagues to openly discuss this topic, and provide a supportive workplace
- Respond Review your policies and processes to ensure you are providing a supportive workplace and can respond to disclosure. Make sure the policies and processes are implemented correctly
- Refer Provide access to organisations who can help employees affected by the issue. For example, signpost to a resource such as the Bright Sky app to report concerns.