Domestic abuse – employers could do more to help

Posted by Amir Jaleel

The tragedy of domestic abuse is that it is increasing and in frighteneing numbers. The statistics are always shocking: one in four women and one in six men suffer domestic abuse after the age of 16. Two women a week are killed by a partner or ex-partner.

For some people, work is the only safe haven from abuse. So all employers in businesses big and small, whether in the public or private sector, should be encouraged to create safe spaces at work where staff suffering domestic abuse can talk to an appropriately qualified person who can provide advice and offer support.

This is according to a former Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer.

In his article he goes on to say "This should be complemented by staff training in all aspects of domestic abuse. Every line manager needs to be equipped to deal confidentially with signs of domestic abuse. Just as there is now widespread health and safety training, there should be domestic abuse training. And, learning the lessons from the criminal justice sphere, that training should address head-on the myths and stereotypes that bedevilled the credibility assessment by police and prosecutors for so many years."

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