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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:

Respond

  • 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.

Provide support

  • 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

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Contact

Human Resources

University of St Andrews
The Old Burgh School

Abbey Walk
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9LB
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 463096
Fax:+44 (0)1334 462570