For many people, domestic abuse is a personal issue. It is something that those involved should resolve behind closed doors and is not for employers or colleagues to interfere. However, in your role as a good employer, it is important to support any employee experiencing difficulties.
The Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence (CAADV) is a collection of big companies who joined forces to help support people experiencing domestic abuse. Emma Pearmaine is Chair of the CAADV and explained why supporting any member of staff is important:
“Typically, somebody who is experiencing domestic violence is more likely to be late for work. They are more likely to be taking time off work and they are more likely to fail to meet their work targets because of all the stress they are enduring. They may even find that they have to leave their job. It’s one of the issues that remains behind closed doors.
It shouldn’t be. It’s in part because survivors feel unsure about speaking out. They don’t know whether they will be supported. In part, this is because those who are on the receiving end of the disclosure don’t know what to do.”
Why Should Employers Care About Domestic Abuse?
Often those who are experiencing abuse will face disciplinary action, or in extreme circumstances lose their job – potentially because of their behaviour, deterioration in the standard of their work, or poor time keeping. Under health and safety law, employers have a responsibility to ensure that the health and well-being of employees is considered and efficiently dealt with.
What Impact Does Domestic Abuse Have On Businesses?
Domestic abuse affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men. With UK employment rate hovering at around 75%, that means that as many as 1.5 million employees will have experienced domestic abuse within the past 12 months. This is estimated to cost the UK economy close to £2bn annually, with output lost due to:
What Can Businesses Do To Support Staff Who May Be Experiencing Domestic Abuse?
Your business does not need huge resources to effectively support employees experiencing domestic abuse. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have outlined 10 actions your business can take to manage domestic abuse in the workplace:
At Leeway we can help your business address these issues with courses delivered by our experienced trainers. If you would like to find out more about our range of training courses for businesses and public organisations, please get in touch with our training department. You can do so by calling 0300 561 0077.
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