Many people within the Telford, Wrekin and Shropshire region will have been subjected to domestic abuse at some point in their lives. Many more will know friends, relatives, children, young people, or work colleagues who have experienced abuse. But there is still a huge way to go in terms of raising awareness of domestic abuse, and understanding the signs when someone is being subjected to it.
Would you as an employer or employee recognise the signs, know how to support? Do you have a workplace Domestic Abuse Policy and supporting processes? Have you had domestic abuse training for HR, managers or employees who want to raise their own awareness?
Statistics show us that:
- Domestic Abuse costs businesses £1.9 billion each year through reduced productivity and performance.
- Ove one in ten of those who are subjected to domestic abuse report that the abuse continues in the workplace.
- Over half of those experiencing domestic abuse have to take time off work as a result of abuse.
- In about 81% of instances of domestic abuse in the workplace this is through harassing or abusive emails or phone calls.
Domestic Abuse can include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Psychological and/or emotional abuse
- Coercive control and controlling behaviour
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Financial or economic abuse
- Harassment and stalking
- Online, technological, or digital abuse
Abusive behaviour such as this can endanger co-workers and clients as well as victims, putting an entire workplace at risk.
Yet, it is estimated that only around 5% of organisations have a Domestic Abuse Policy and processes in place to support all employee s on how to respond and support individuals experiencing domestic abuse.
Statistically, organisations are likely to have several people being subjected to domestic abuse or who are survivors of abuse. Domestic abuse can have a huge impact on all areas of a person’s life, from their work and relationships to their self-esteem and independence. So how as an employer can you support the wellbeing of your employees and the local community you work with?
Telford and Wrekin Domestic Abuse Forum
Through the newly formed Domestic Abuse Forum, victims and survivors of domestic abuse have shaped the strategy and the commissioning process in the region. The newly commissioned omestic abuse service will better integrate multiple support services for victims and children into one service (see links below).
Cranstoun has been commissioned to provide the new service for the next three years in partnership with West Mercia's Women's Aid as a specialist domestic abuse provider.
The council have pages with resources for employers and individuals to access so no matter where you are based in Shropshire there are services to support (see links below).
Employers, employees, and individuals can access free training if they live and/or work in Telford and Wrekin area through Haven Training. They are providing training sessions on Domestic Abuse Awareness for everyone – who it affects, types of, definitions, and how to recognise and support. This is then followed by Workplace Ambassador or Community Champion training to give further tools to recognise, respond and refer.
The Purple Pledge
The pledge aims to support businesses, of all shapes and sizes, and within any industry, to have:
- A robust Domestic Abuse policy in place.
- As many employees as possible accessing Domestic Abuse Awareness training.
- At least one Domestic Abuse Ambassador/Champion trained and supported in the workplace.
Access the training above and become a Purple Pledge employer to show your employees, customers, clients, suppliers and local community that you are making a serious commitment to providing a safe space to disclose domestic abuse issues and helping to put people in touch with the right organisations.
Local resources and organisations
Telford and Wrekin Council
Telford and Wrekin Council Domestic Abuse Strategy
West Mercia Women’s Aid
24-hour helpline - 0800 783 1359
Shropshire Domestic Abuse Services
Shropshire Strengthening Families
Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Partnership