Line managers must be equipped by employers to support domestic abuse victims

In response to today’s figures from Refuge revealing that the National Domestic Abuse helpline has seen a 25% increase in calls and online requests for help since the COVID-19 lockdown, Louise Aston, wellbeing director at Business in the Community – a charity and The Prince’s Responsible Business Network – said:

“Fears are growing in the UK that the stay-at-home coronavirus guidelines may leave domestic abuse victims feeling especially isolated, very vulnerable and exposed. Home is not always the safe haven that it should be.

“Clearly, the most vulnerable need to be safeguarded and supported now more than ever.

“Employers need to acknowledge domestic abuse is increasing as a result of the pandemic so line managers must be armed with the appropriate signposting information to support any employees who might need it. Victims of domestic abuse are allowed out of self isolation if they need to seek refuge and employers should make sure that employees are aware of this.”

Business in the Community will be publishing further guidance for employers on domestic abuse this week. In the meantime, employers can access the Business in the Community/Public Health England Domestic Abuse Toolkit.

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