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.

We are pleased to announce that we will be running the first,

DA Awareness & Responding Well to Disclosures in the Workplace Open Course next January 2022!

COURSE IS NOW FULL - if you're interested in future courses, please submit an expression of interest here.

The training will be split into x2 sessions and it is mandatory to attend both. Please only sign up for the training if you can attend both dates below.

These two online workshops are targeted at people such as HR staff, managers, Mental Health First Aiders, or representatives from employee network groups.
The sessions will increase awareness and understanding of domestic abuse, and enable delegates to feel confident in talking about DA and signposting colleagues to specialist support.
All sessions will be supported by a resource pack containing the session slides and a further reading list which will be made available to delegates post-training.

Session One: Domestic Abuse (DA) Awareness (Wednesday 26th January 2022, 9:30am - 13:00pm) Online via Zoom

This initial online workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Definitions and types of abuse - We will discuss the definitions and terminology around DA and explore the different forms that abuse may take, providing examples of a diverse range of experiences of DA.
  • Prevalence and dynamics - We’ll look at the numbers of people affected by DA and examine the dynamics of DA, with a focus on coercion and control.
  • The impact of DA - We’ll look at how DA affects survivors and the complex reasons that survivors are not able to ‘just leave’. We will also explore the impact of DA on employers and the unique role employers can play in reaching in to survivors who often don’t see a path to support.
  • Looking after yourself - An opportunity to explore the impact these conversations have on us and how we can take care of our own wellbeing when we are supporting others

Session Two: Effective responses to disclosures of domestic abuse in the workplace (Wednesday 2nd February 2022, 9:30am - 13:00pm) Online via Zoom

This online workshop would build on the content from sessions one and two, covering the following topics:

  • Identifying DA - We will look at signs and indicators of abuse.
  • The role of workplace support - We will talk to the group about their hopes and fears when supporting colleagues, what they can and can’t do and how to set boundaries.
  • Talking about DA and responding well - We will think about how we talk to people about DA, the impact of language, how to start a conversation and respond well to a disclosure.
  • Safety Planning - We will cover safety planning advice and best practice, including considering separation as a time of increased risk, economic abuse, and digital and online safety.
  • Care Pathways - We will look at how HR, managers and champions can support, signpost and safeguard effectively.
  • Impacts of trauma and the importance of self-care - A look at the different ways in which trauma can affect us and a reminder of how we can look after ourselves when we are supporting others.


The cost for both sessions is £150 per person. This is the cost of both sessions and they cannot be bought seperately from one another.


If you work for a registered charity, you are entitled to a subsidied rate of £90 per person. This is the cost of both sessions and they cannot be bought seperately from one another.
You will be asked during the application process to provide your registered charity number. This will be verified and then the subsidy applied. 

If you are interested in signing up, please apply through this link. 

If you are unable to make these dates, please complete an expression of interest form and we will be back in touch when we have more dates scheduled.

We hope to see you next year!