The Employers’ Initiative
on Domestic Abuse
Within a lifetime, one in 4 women and one in 6 men will experience the heinous crime of Domestic Abuse.
Victims begin to lack self-esteem and start to fear for their jobs and for their lives. At home, they start to feel isolated, guilty and uncertain about how to protect themselves and their children from the abuser.
The workplace is often seen as the only refuge. Colleagues at work are seen as a safe “second family”, one to which they can turn to find sources of help and protection.
At the launch conference of the Employer’s network on the 29th November 2017, only 2 members of the FTSE 100 (Vodaphone and Lloyds Bank) had joined the network. Agenda for Change is using its contacts to help more large companies join, to share the free toolkits and to develop and exchange best practice.
There is a need in large companies to move to the Second generation of skills in recognizing and dealing with Domestic Abuse. In the First generation, some companies developed policies and procedures. In the Second generation, managers will develop the skills to recognize less obvious symptoms of abuse (like coercive control). They will develop the knowledge, the networks and the skills to build a “Speak Out” culture within the workplace.
At this conference, the Home Secretary announced that consultation on new legislation on Domestic Abuse will start in January 2018, with legislation to follow.
The next meeting of the Employers’ network is in Portcullis House, Westminster, where there will be an opportunity to take part in the consultation. Only members of the network can attend. To join this network either contact David, or go to the Initiative’s website at https://eida.org.uk