“An estimated 1.9 million adults aged 16 to 59 experienced domestic abuse in the last year. Two women each week and one men each month are killed in England and Wales by a current or former partner.”*
Domestic violence, whenever and wherever it occurs, is abuse between family members or between current or former partners in, or previously in, an intimate relationship. Many people see domestic violence solely as acts of physical abuse in the home. However, domestic violence can also include stalking, abuse of power, belittling, placing blame for the abuse on the victim, controlling behaviours and oppressive control, threats, destruction of property, indecent assault and rape. There have been many cases of victims being harassed outside the home, including stalking and making threatening calls to their workplace.
It is more common for women to experience domestic violence but men suffer too, with 1 out of every 3 reported cases of domestic violence involving a male victim. Anyone who is experiencing, has experienced, or is affected by domestic violence should seek support from the Police, their GP, local networks or national charities.
HOW CAN AN EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME HELP?
Validium’s EAP offers support and guidance for anyone affected by domestic violence or abuse. Our counsellors, legal and financial specialists can:
- Provide sensitive and non-judgmental support
- Ensure that confidentiality is respected
- Understand that the individual may:
- not wish to approach their immediate family, friends or manager at work
- need some time to decide what to do
- try many different options
- Discuss measures to prioritise safety
VALIDIUM JOINS ‘EMPLOYERS’ INITIATIVE ON DOMESTIC ABUSE’
Validium is delighted to join the ‘Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Violence’ to empower organisations how to deal with this destructive problem.
If you would like to discuss how Validium can support and implement an effective workplace policy/guidance on domestic abuse in order to improve wellbeing within your organisation please email us at [email protected]
*BITC_ Domestic abuse: a toolkit for employers