Information for employers
Call for help now:
Bradford Survive and Thrive One Front Door helpline:
0808 2800 999
National Domestic Abuse Helpline:
0808 2000 247
In an emergency, call 999
The human and financial costs of domestic violence and abuse are immeasurable, causing harm and disruption to families, communities and society on a massive scale. The negative impact on individual lives, public services and economic output are widely recognised.
Even with limited resources there are steps that small business owners can take to address the effects of domestic abuse in the workplace. In many cases it is about being aware and signposting to the organisations that provide specialist support.
Employers may wish to develop a workplace policy to raise awareness of domestic abuse, identify responsibilities and ensure provision, support and safety. The guidance sets out key elements that could be included in an effective policy.
Employers have a duty to safeguard the wellbeing of staff: the statutory guidance accompanying the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 makes clear that employers should consider the impact of domestic abuse on their employees as part of their duty of care.
Where to find support
If you feel you or someone else is in immediate danger, please call the Police on 999.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have produced guidance for employers to enable employees experiencing domestic abuse by offering support and developing an effective workplace policy.
The guidance includes practical tips for employers to recognise when an employee may be affected by domestic abuse. It explains how to respond and offer support, and provides details of organisations to turn to for further information and advice.
Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA)
The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA) support over 1,000 small and large employers to take action on domestic abuse.
It is free to join their network of member employers who are already taking action: by raising awareness among employees, supporting those facing domestic abuse, and providing access to services to help perpetrators to stop.