Somerset Council has launched a new toolkit to help support employers to recognise domestic abuse.
The Council is encouraging employers to play their part in tackling domestic abuse and learn how to spot signs that an employee may be in an abusive relationship.
They are encouraging all employers to check out the online resource, aimed at guiding them in how to support staff who may be affected by domestic abuse.
Organisations have a legal obligation to provide a safe working environment. Stopping and challenging domestic abuse and workplace support for employees who are experiencing it, is a fundamental part of that duty of care.
The toolkit helps organisations do more to aid their employees through training on the signs to spot, how to help and protect staff whilst securing their safety and where to go for support.
It also offers guidance on how to build an approach that ensures all employees feel supported and empowered by their workplace to deal with domestic abuse.
In addition to supporting staff who are experiencing domestic abuse, the toolkit has advice on how to spot if a member of staff is a perpetrator of domestic abuse, how to engage with a perpetrator and the support that is available for them.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a lasting effect on the way some employees work. Many organisations have continued to embrace the home working or hybrid method of working. Whilst this new way of working has many benefits for employees, for someone experiencing domestic abuse work may be the only safe place that they go.
The shift to a new way of working means the position of employers tackling domestic abuse and supporting employees who are experiencing it has never been more important.
Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender and from any walk of life. The signs of which can be hard to spot in someone.
This resource will give employers the tools to keep staff safe from abuse and a platform to help them build policies and give them guidance on recognising and dealing with abuse.
Furthermore, it will help employers to engage with their staff and create an open and transparent culture about the subject, which will put confidence in employees who are affected by domestic abuse, that they will be supported if they acknowledge that their relationship is abusive.”
If you are experiencing domestic abuse, worried about someone you know, or are concerned about the impact of your behaviour towards others, then help is available by getting in touch or by telephoning 0800 69 49 999.
In an emergency, you should always dial 999. If you are worried that an abuser may overhear your call you can remain silent, tap the phone and dial 55 when prompted by the operator who will send help.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired you can register with emergencySMS.net. Once registered you will be able to send a text to 999 if you require help in an emergency.