The Insurance Charities have released an update to the Domestic Abuse Toolkit for Employers.
Employers have a duty of care and a legal responsibility to provide a safe and effective work environment. Preventing and tackling domestic abuse is an integral part of this. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in new ways of working, with a significant increase in the numbers of people working from home. For those experiencing abuse, the workplace often offers a safe space and a respite away from their abuser. Colleagues and managers can often be the only other people outside the home that survivors talk to each day and are therefore uniquely placed to help spot signs of abuse.
This toolkit will help organisations support employees and contribute to tackling domestic abuse. It offers guidance on measures to implement to respond appropriately when an employee discloses abuse. The toolkit highlights potentially useful free resources for organisations to use. It also signposts to external organisations that offer advice and support to employers and employees.
This framework is commonly used by employers to secure a clear response to domestic abuse.