Employers owe a duty of care to their employees, not enough businesses are aware of how important it is. Living in a western world we assume that things are just ok but peoplemanagement finds that too few businesses have appropriate policies to fight it and too few of them are even aware of signs of domestic abuse.
Paul Scully, business minister, called on businesses to create a ‘comfort zone’ for their employees so that they can entrust their employers with confiding in them in relation to the domestic abuse.
Shockingly since the first lockdown in March domestic abuse helplines saw an increase of 80% with calls for help.
As Scully commented: spending time with your colleagues is sometimes greater then spending time with your family so other employees and employers have to be able to spot the sign of domestic abuse because often times they are the only people who have such access to the victims.
The chair of Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse, Elizabeth Filkin said: enquiries from businesses increased wanting to get help on guidance to put this support in place”.
It is crucial for the employers to recognise how important training of their employees on domestic abuse is, this is the first step but employers should also employ practical tools such as the Bright Sky app that has access to UK-wide directory of specialist domestic abuse support services with contact details, and nationwide helplines that are available 24/7.
After all, we have to keep the conversation going.