Supporting domestic abuse victims at work

Supporting domestic abuse in the workplace

 Staffordshire’s Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner – supporting domestic abuse in the workplace

Did you know domestic abuse costs employers £1.7 billion a year due to decreased productivity, unplanned time off, lost wages, disciplinary processes and sick pay? We are urging businesses across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to sign up to a new programme that throws a lifeline to workers who are in abusive relationships.

Sign up to receive free training for a nominated person on how to support domestic abuse victims in the workplace and a policy that can be tailored to your business.

View our Aide Memoire to help you decide who would be suitable for this role.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is funding specialist training which will be delivered by Staffordshire Women’s Aid. Not only will this be a reflection of good management practice but also corporate social responsibility.

Frequently asked questions

The facts…

  • Domestic abuse is estimated to cost the economy £23 billion a year
  • Domestic abuse can cause employees to be distracted at work, arrive late, leave early or miss work, and can increase employee turnover.
  • Introducing an effective workplace policy and practice will be a good investment to retain skilled and experienced staff, thereby increasing their commitment to you as an employer.
  • An estimated 12.9 million incidents of domestic violence against women each year and 2.5 million against men. That’s 1 in every 4 women and 1 in every 6 men.

Organisations who sign-up to the programme – at no cost to themselves –  will commit to taking steps to support staff in abusive relationships and make sure victims are aware that help is available. Managers will be encouraged to spot tell-tale signs of abuse and give practical and confidential support to staff.

To sign up to the policy email the details of your Domestic Abuse Champion to You will then be informed of future training dates.