Tuesday, 1 November 2011

'Domestic abuse is your business'


More news from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (ECHR):

'Domestic abuse is your business'
 A recent conference (held in North Wales) encouraged employers to recognise the impact of domestic abuse on the workplace and to put into place effective domestic abuse policies.
ECHR ‘Who Do you See? Living together in Wales’ research found that 19% of the Welsh population believe that domestic abuse is best handled as a private matter. However, domestic abuse is not a private matter –domestic abuse is your business.

Why is action needed in the workplace?Domestic abuse currently costs UK businesses over £2.7 billion a year.
In the UK, in any one year, more than 20% of employed women take time off work because of domestic violence, and 2% lose their jobs as a direct result of the abuse.
75% of women that experience domestic abuse are targeted at work – from harassing phone calls and abusive partners arriving at the office unannounced, to physical assaults.

What can employers do?ECHR are encouraging employers to take action so that skilled and experienced staff are able to retain their jobs and feel safe and supported in the workplace.

Lots of infor is available at http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/wales/projects/your-business-workplace-policies-on-domestic-abuse-and-mental-health/domestic-abuse-is-your-business/

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