25 November – 10 December marks 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence a national campaign aimed at UK businesses in helping them spot the signs of staff suffering domestic abuse. Holland Family Law is fully backing this campaign and is offering training to any UK company that wants to get involved.
According to police data, more than 1 million people in England and Wales report domestic abuse-related incidents every year. Charity, Women’s Aid, reported that in the year ending March 2019, 1.6 million women aged 16 – 74 had experienced domestic violence in the last 12 months, based on data compiled by the Office for National Statistics.
Domestic violence is rife across the UK and reported cases have escalated amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, many charities believe that while millions report abuse, millions more suffer in silence. That’s why the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence campaign is equipping employers to spot the signs of domestic abuse.
Coronavirus Making it Harder
With more people working from home amid the pandemic, identifying the signs of someone being abused at home has become more challenging. However, there is more that you can do as a company to protect your employees against domestic abuse, with the overall aim of protecting your staff as whole.
From a business perspective, you will be helping to mitigate the financial losses that you face as a result of staff being absent from work because they’re facing abuse at home.
What Does the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence Campaign Involve?
The 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence campaign is geared toward helping your business take against domestic abuse. This is based on you, as an employer, having an obligation to assess dynamic risk and support the health and safety and wellness of your employees, according to the campaign.
The campaign comes with a toolkit, which gives your company a simple step-by-step guide on spotting the signs of domestic abuse, such as the impact on an employee’s health and wellbeing, persistent absence from work and a sudden drop in workplace productivity.
Across the 16 days, your company can address domestic violence issues in a number of ways to show that you are there to support your staff whatever they may be facing at home.
The aim of the campaign is to move toward a future where domestic violence is quickly and effectively tackled.
How is Holland Family Law Helping the Campaign?
Holland Family Law is backing the campaign by offering training to businesses across Leicester and the East Midlands – in the current climate this is likely to be video sessions. We’re also happy to advise businesses on domestic abuse issues if they suspect that an employee is facing violence or abuse at home, explaining what can be done to support staff when they need it most.
This 16-day campaign is a great initiative and furthers the cause of raising awareness about domestic abuse, giving your business the opportunity to tackle the problem head-on.
Contact Holland Family Law to Get Involved