The EHRC, in partnership with the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), have issued joint guidance for employers on managing and supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse, and how to recognise and support staff who are experiencing it.
We know that domestic abuse has a profound impact on survivors which extends beyond the home environment. The pandemic-led increase in homeworking has further blurred the lines between domestic and working lives and shown that employers can no longer ignore the issue of domestic abuse. During lockdown, as more people work from home, abuse has sadly increased because abusers have more opportunities to exert power and control. This has also made it more difficult for people to seek help.
Employers have a legal responsibility under health and safety legislation to protect their staff, but this is the minimum. The aim of this guidance is to encourage more employers to take an active supporting role, which can make a huge difference to survivors and their future, with practical recommendations of how to do that and create a more inclusive workplace where staff feel safe and supported.