Domestic Abuse is everyone’s business, it’s an issue we can all contribute to

Many people will hear of domestic abuse issues, and then assume that because they are not directly involved it’s not their business. Domestic abuse is everyone’s business because even just ‘one’ perpetrator abusing one partner, who may have children, who may work, this then affects everyone that person is connected to. The impacts of domestic abuse can spread and filter through society, and it’s important that in both business and social life we all do what we can to stop domestic abuse.

Safe Space Founder, Julie Johns MBE said "My personal vision is a world free from violence and abuse. My business aim is to contribute towards this vision through engaging businesses to create safe and healthy workplaces where the message is abuse, stalking and harassment is unacceptable." This is a vision that we all should strive towards, as 2.4 million people are affected by domestic violence in the UK every year. This is not the fault of the victim, but the power of the perpetrator and the unwillingness from wider society to discuss this subject properly. By raising awareness and making domestic abuse everyone’s business, we can all make a difference.

Through lockdown, things have become more difficult. People have been made to stay in the home, and in abusive households that can cause problems to spiral. It is all of our jobs to make sure employees are safe and comfortable in their homes and at work, and 86% of employers agree that they have a duty of care over workers. However, under a third of victims disclose their abuse at work. Here are a few ways you, as an employer, can support an employee:

Recognise the signs:

-A change in behaviour (ie panic attacks or lack of productivity)

-A reluctance to leave the workplace

-Constant contact from the partner, or the partner asking colleagues for information

(Similar signs can also be seen when working from home)

Respond:

-Keep in touch regularly and ask about their wellbeing

-Always assume the perpetrator is in the room, so stay generic

-Engage in training, so you can understand domestic abuse

-Implement a domestic abuse policy in the workplace

Refer:

-To national and local domestic abuse support services, you can download a PDF from www.safespaceconsultancy.org.

If you follow these steps, you’ll be doing your part in supporting the victims of domestic abuse, and joining the thousands of businesses already making a stand. For further information, visit www.safespaceconsultancy.org.


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