DOMESTIC ABUSE BASIC AWARENESS TRAINING COURSE
As an employer, you want to do all you can to keep your staff healthy, happy, productive and, above all, safe. What many employers don’t know is that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse. Two women each week and one man each month are killed in England and Wales by a current or former partner.
Many employers will have staff who are affected. Our new Domestic Abuse Basic Awareness training will help your organisation to support your employees and contribute to tackling domestic abuse.
Strongmind Director Richard Dorney said: “Domestic abuse is often traumatic and a significant source of long- term mental health problems. Employers and organisations need a greater awareness of this issue, so that they can support people.
“We welcome the recent government advice to employers in the Domestic Abuse Act. We are fortunate to have Shelley Bamford, an acknowledged expert in this field, on our team to deliver awareness training.”
With over 2.3 million people aged 16-74 in the UK experiencing domestic abuse each year, employers have a duty of care. They have a legal responsibility to provide a safe and effective work environment. Preventing and tackling domestic abuse is an integral part of this.
We know that 86% of companies believe they have a duty of care towards domestic abuse victims. However, just 5% of organisations have a specific guideline or policy on domestic abuse.
Government and domestic abuse legislation
Although there is currently no specific domestic abuse legislation giving rise to obligations on employers, it is highly anticipated that they will be expected to take steps in the future.
Following a collaborative consultation on workplace support for victims of domestic abuse in 2020, the government published a report and open letter to employers in January 2021. These urged employers to “look at what more your organisation can do to help survivors of domestic abuse”.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the culture change between employer/employee responsibilities. There has been a great increase in people working from home rather than in the workplace. For those experiencing abuse, the workplace often offers a safe space and a respite away from their abuser. Colleagues and managers may be the only other people outside the home that survivors talk to each day. This makes them uniquely placed to help spot signs of abuse.
- Improve awareness and confidence around issues relating to and the impact of domestic abuse and the workplace
- Understanding the issue; the Business Case
- Gain a fuller understanding of the employer’s legal and statutory obligations in relation to creating safe and healthy workplaces
- Introduce the Domestic Abuse Bill 2020, the Domestic Abuse Act 2021/22, and the government’s commitment to tackling the issue
- Improve support to staff, colleagues, and self
- Identify how to implement the Four R’s Approach – Recognise, Respond, Refer, Record