Domestic abuse training for employers

We know that as an employer, you want to do everything you can to keep your staff healthy, happy and productive. Sadly, we also know that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse, meaning virtually every employer will have staff who are affected. 

Everyone at work knew. They must have done. I arrived late, left early, and was constantly checking my phone. He came to my office a few times and demanded to see me. It was so embarrassing, I’d say anything to make him leave. 

– Sophie*, survivor of domestic abuse

Domestic abuse is everybody’s business, and this includes employers. Two million people in the UK experience domestic abuse every year – and yet we think it is something that happens to ‘other people’. Domestic abuse is something that will impact almost every workplace. And yet so few employers have adequate policies or training about domestic abuse.

Employers are well placed to spot the signs in colleagues: anxiety, decreased motivation, seeming distracted, being late, being on the phone to a partner or family member very often – and yet so often no one knows what to say or do. This must change. This is not just about a well-intended policy, but real culture change. Campaigns such as Time to Change have had incredible impact in raising awareness of mental health and allowing people the time and space to talk about it. We need to see the same with domestic abuse. Conversations may be uncomfortable, but they can also be life changing.

Public and private sector organisations must recognise that domestic abuse will impact their workforce and taking positive action to support those who may be suffering in silence. Businesses from every sector need to take responsibility for the wellbeing and safety of their staff. This requires training, resources and leadership.

How can SafeLives help you?

We've supported organisations of all different sizes and from different sectors to improve their response to domestic abuse. Some of the practical help we've given to employers includes:

Make an enquiry

To find out more about how we can help, or enquire about a bespoke package for your workplace, contact Freya Potter, Lead Trainer: freya.potter@safelives.org.uk