An estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16–59 experienced domestic abuse in the last year. This toolkit outlines the duty of care employers have to employees and what their role is in preventing and tackling domestic abuse.
This is part of a suite of eight interconnected toolkits, produced by Business in the Community and Public Health England, to help every organisation support the mental and physical health and wellbeing of its employees. Each addresses a different aspect of workplace wellbeing, with a common thread of mental health running through them all. They’re freely available and designed to be relevant to employers across all sectors.
The full suite consists of:
- Mental health toolkit for employers
- Reducing the risk of suicide: a toolkit for employers
- Crisis management in the event of a suicide: a postvention toolkit for employers”
- Sleep and recovery: a toolkit for employers
- Physical activity, healthy eating and healthier weight: a toolkit for employers
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco: a toolkit for employers
- Musculoskeletal health in the workplace: a toolkit for employers
- Domestic abuse: a toolkit for employers
This one, supported by The Insurance Charities, is designed to help organisations to make a commitment to respond to the risk of domestic abuse, and ensure all employees feel supported and empowered by their workplace. It outlines the nature and extent of domestic abuse – whether psychological, physical, sexual, emotional, verbal or economic – and is filled with practical suggestions, resources and case studies. It’s divided into sections on different topics with built-in navigation and links between them, so you can follow it step by step or go straight to the sections you want to know more about.
You can also download a self-assessment toolkit, in Excel spreadsheet format, to gauge your organisation’s progress in implementing the measures recommended across several of the Business in the Community / Public Health England toolkits.