Covid-19 accelerates changes to Domestic Abuse Toolkit for Employers

The pandemic has forced the Domestic Abuse Toolkit for Employers to be re-evaluated and changed.

The insurance Charities, which drives action against domestic abuse has announced that the Domestic Abuse Toolkit for Employees will be updated due to the Covid-19.

The charity commissioned the original Toolkit and this update, driven by a recognition that the world of work, and awareness of domestic abuse, have changed in the three years since its publication, especially after the landscape has changed over the past sixteen months.

The Toolkit provides business leaders, senior managers, HR, occupational health, and anyone involved with the health and wellbeing of staff with information, resource, examples, and confidence to tackle abuse, raise awareness and support their staff.

The charity reveals that one in four women and one in six men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime and employers have an important role to play in society’s response to this crime. Never more so than during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen an exponential shift to working from home.  The organisation stated that Covid-19 has accelerated these changes and according to Refuge, calls to helplines have increased by 61 per cent since lockdown began. For those experiencing abuse, the workplace often offers a safe space and respite from their abuser.

To download the toolkit, click here.

 

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