Domestic Abuse Toolkit

Employers owe a duty of care to employees and have a legal responsibility to provide a safe and effective work environment. Preventing and tackling domestic abuse is an integral part of this. This toolkit, sponsored by The Insurance Charities offers guidance and support. According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), in the year ending March 2018, an estimated 7.9 per cent of women (1.3 million) and 4.2 per cent of men (695,000) experienced domestic abuse1. It is a hugely destructive problem and we have a collective responsibility to tackle it.

Three key actions for employers to address domestic abuse

  • Acknowledge. Use this toolkit to help understand the issues, and acknowledge every employer’s responsibility to address domestic abuse. Enable colleagues to openly discuss this topic, and provide a supportive workplace.
  • Respond. Review your policies and processes to ensure you are providing a supportive workplace and can respond to disclosure. Make sure the policies and processes are implemented correctly.
  • Refer. Provide access to organisations who can help employees affected by the issue. For a full list of supportive organisations and links, see this toolkit’s resources section.

While research commissioned by The Vodafone Foundation, Domestic Violence and Abuse: Working together to transform responses in the workplace, showed that employers overwhelmingly recognise their duty of care. It also showed more needs to be done to ensure all employees affected by domestic abuse receive the support they need to be safe and rebuild their lives. This toolkit will help your organisation, whether private business, public sector or charity, make a commitment to respond to the risk of domestic abuse. It will also enable you to build an approach that ensures all employees feel supported and empowered by their workplace to deal with domestic abuse.

Men, women and children all experience domestic abuse, and can also all be perpetrators of abuse. However, evidence shows that women are disproportionately affected by domestic abuse and the majority of perpetrators are men. It takes place at all levels of society, regardless of social class, race, religion, sexuality or disability. Individuals may experience abuse or be affected by it long after they have left their partner.

View and download the other seven toolkits in this series, developed in partnership with Public Health England

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  1. Office for National Statistics; (2018); Domestic abuse: findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales: year ending March 2018; Available at