Getting your company to understand why domestic abuse affects business

Domestic abuse not only impacts on the wellbeing of the person being abused, it affects co-workers and the financial strength and success of the companies for which they work too.

One in three women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. It’s therefore highly likely all workplaces have staff that have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse, as well as those who are perpetrators.

We understand that while one person might appreciate the benefits of considering domestic abuse victims in the workplace, getting the whole company on board can be a challenge.

It’s important though that if you are to introduce a sustainable domestic abuse programme into an organisation, you must encourage the entire company to understand why domestic abuse and violence affects business.

This is often quite difficult for most people to understand, as domestic abuse is often silent, hidden and “happens to other people”. However, by creating a strategy that is inclusive, recognises the linkages to company policies, health/wellbeing and diversity initiatives and includes senior management support, the path will be much smoother.

Visit our page on working with businesses to find out how domestic abuse effects the workplace and how we can help you to avoid any negative impacts while supporting employees along the way.

You can also read about how you can get senior buy in and approval to bring this conversation to the workplace by viewing the 16 Days of Action briefing on corporate buy in.

And remember, if you are experiencing domestic abuse or are affected by past domestic abuse, we are here to help you. You can contact us on enquiries@broxtowewp.org or call our support line on 01773 719111.

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