Domestic Violence - Is It Any of My Business?

As a local business and an employer we would like you to visit the ’16 Days of Action’ website at www.16daysofaction.co.uk/the-campaign and sign up to the pledge:

 

Domestic Violence - Is It Any of My Business?

 

As an employer and a business you might well ask…. what has domestic violence got to do with me?

 

The answer is very simple. We all need to raise awareness about the issue and ensure we are not inadvertently providing the means for a colleague or employee to be an abuser. A simple example of how you might be inadvertently allowing abuse to be taking place would be where an employee or colleague is using a work phone or email account to make threats or even stalk someone.

 

In addition we need to ensure that we are able to provide the right support to a colleague or employee who we think might be suffering abuse from their partner or who makes a disclosure about abuse to us.

 

Wyre Council and our partners spend a significant amount of time, effort and cost in dealing with the consequences of abusive relationships. There may also be a cost to your business in terms of absenteeism, poor performance and colleague relationships if your colleagues or employees are either victims or perpetrators of domestic violence.

 

So what are we asking you to do?

 

As a local business and an employer we would like you to visit the ’16 Days of Action’ website at www.16daysofaction.co.uk/the-campaign and sign up to the pledge:

 

“We will treat people within our organisation with respect and dignity. We will do everything we can to prevent stalking, violence or abuse either in the workplace or that which has an effect on people in the workplace, whether from a colleague, family member or anyone else. This will include having guidance in place which is suitable to the size of our organisation. The guidance will ensure that an appropriate, safe and sensitive response can be implemented and our employees supported when they raise such an issue.”

 

We would then like you to raise awareness of the issue with your employees and colleagues. You can use the website toolkit to highlight particular domestic violence issues on each of the 16 Days of Action.

 

In addition the website provides vital help if you suspect abuse or a colleague makes a disclosure, and there is guidance on what you need to do to meet your legal obligations relating to domestic violence.

 

When should I be doing this?......Ideally you should be regularly raising this issue with your colleagues and employees but specifically we are encouraging you to get involved during the 16 Days Of Action this year which is starting on Friday November 25th and will run until Saturday 10th December. We would appreciate it if you could let us know if your company signs up to this pledge so we can demonstrate your commitment and that of other companies within Wyre.

 

Domestic Violence - Is It Any of My Business?