Supporting Staff Suffering Domestic Abuse
The EHRC and CIPD published guidance (March 2013) demonstrates that:
- Domestic abuse currently costs UK businesses over £1.9 billion a year
- In the UK, in any one year, more than 20% of employed women take time off work because of domestic violence, and 2% lose their jobs as a direct result of the abuse
- 75% of women that experience domestic abuse are targeted at work – from harassing phone calls and abusive partners arriving at the office unannounced, to physical assaults
- Men can experience domestic abuse from their female partner
- Domestic abuse also occurs in same sex relationships
Common actions for line managers:
- Believe an employee if they disclose experiencing domestic abuse - do not ask for proof.
- Reassure the employee that the organisation has an understanding of how domestic abuse may affect their work performance and the support that can be offered.
- Divert phone calls and email messages and look to change a phone extension if an employee is receiving harassing calls.
- Agree with the employee what to tell colleagues and how they should respond if their ex/partner telephones or visits the workplace.
- Ensure the employee does not work alone or in an isolated area and check that staff have arrangements for getting safely to and from home.
- Keep a record of any incidents of abuse on the workplace, including persistent telephone calls, emails or visits to the workplace.
Refer to the appropriate help
- Fife Council Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership
- download: Fife Domestic Abuse Leaflet (PDF, 3,625 KB)
- Fife Womens Aid
- Fife Rape and Sexual Assault Centre
- Abused men in Scotland
- EHRC Abuse Violence against women reading list
- EHRC-CIPD-Domestic-Abuse-Employer-Guide-Apr-2013 (PDF, 928 KB)
- EHRC-Sexual-Harassment-and-the-law-workplace-Nov2017 (PDF, 752 KB)