26th June 2018

The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse - END

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The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse is a network of over 200 employers who have come together to share information about best practice.

One in four women, and one in six men, will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime -­‐ ranging from coercive control to murder. Any employer will have some people who have faced or are facing domestic abuse, either as victims, witnesses, or perpetrators. Many employers find that domestic abuse reduces performance at work, increases absenteeism, and may lead to mental illness.

When employers demonstrate that they are aware of domestic abuse, and make staff aware of the services that are available, this can help to reduce the wall of silence about domestic abuse that prevents many from seeking help. 

Many employers’ leaders are already taking action in their organisations – for example:  developing policies on domestic abuse; raising awareness amongst employees; training senior staff, managers and ambassadors on how to identify those who may need help; sharing best practice with other employers; and offering direct help to staff or signposting them to where it can be found.

The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse is a network of over 200 employers who have come together to share information about best practice. We encourage, promote and develop action by employers to help staff who are enduring domestic abuse, or who are perpetrators. We hold four free network meetings a year – for members only - usually at a central London venue. The themes for our meetings are suggested by our members.

Building on the work of the Vodafone Foundation’s TecSOS project, the House of Commons, as an employer, has taken a key role through its HR Department in supporting our Network. The Vodafone Foundation is funding a major research programme to gain a better understanding of barriers to action in the workplace.  Public Health England and Business in the Community are creating a toolkit for employers who do not already have one. 

The Network Initiative has a steering group, chaired by Elizabeth Filkin CBE, and currently comprises members of partner organisations and volunteers. 

Would you be willing to help the Network to develop its work, by taking action for your staff and by sharing what you do with other employers?  There is no joining fee. The only request is that you take action for your staff.

Check out the website: https://eida.org.uk/

If you would like to know more, or to join the Network, please contact Elizabeth Filkin 07791 326 528 or Grace Travis: travisg@parliament.co.uk; Tel 020 7219 1424; text relay: 18001 020 7219 0830