The Insurance Charities drives industry action to tackle domestic abuse


Dedicated industry charity, The Insurance Charities, is pleased to unveil an update to the valuable resource; the Domestic Abuse Toolkit for Employers.

The charity is proud to have funded not just the original Toolkit but also this update, driven by a recognition that the world of work, and awareness of domestic abuse, have changed in the three years since its publication. Covid-19 has accelerated these changes so, together with Business in the Community, Public Health England, and the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA), the Insurance Charities acted.

The Toolkit provides business leaders, senior managers, HR, occupational health, and anyone involved with the health and wellbeing of staff with information, resource, examples, and confidence to tackle abuse, raise awareness and support their staff.

With one in four women and one in six men experiencing domestic abuse in their lifetime, employers have an important role to play in society’s response to this crime. Never more so than in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen an exponential shift to working from home. According to Refuge, calls to helplines have increased by 61% since lockdown began. For those experiencing abuse, the workplace often offers a safe space and respite from their abuser.

 Launching exclusively to the insurance industry first, the toolkit can be adopted by any employer irrespective of size.

Chief Executive Officer of the Insurance Charities, Annali-Joy Thornicroft, said: “In recent years we have supported a growing number of people who have come to us because of domestic abuse. In addition to the financial help we give, we wanted to go one step further and really help tackle the issue. We're therefore delighted to have once again sponsored this vital resource to help employers and their colleagues."

Elizabeth Filkin, Chair of EIDA, added: “Our members cite the Toolkit as one of the most comprehensive and useful resources they have to tackle domestic abuse. Most importantly, many refer to it time and time again for information and advice.

“Given this, and the enormous changes we’ve seen in the world of work over the past three years, we are delighted to have this updated resource, to ensure employers can be as effective as possible in supporting their staff. After all, domestic abuse really is everyone’s business.”

The Toolkit is available to download for free from the BITC website (cut and paste the link into your browser):


About Charity

The Insurance Charities gives vital financial and practical support to past and present employees of the insurance industry, and their dependent relatives.

We can help anyone who has relevant experience working in the insurance industry, in any role in the UK and Ireland, and who may now be facing hardship. 

Established over 100 years ago we have helped many thousands of people in an extraordinary variety of way, from helping people hit by natural disasters such as floods; to helping fund essential surgery for children; assisting individuals facing debt through a change in circumstances; helping families facing severe illnesses; paying for essential home alterations and supporting people over the years who need help and on-going assistance.

Expert advice can help people find the right support and direct financial assistance is provided to meet a wide range of needs.

We welcome direct enquiries or applications via a third party such as a company's welfare department or other charitable organisation. 

We rely on donations and fundraising from Individuals, Local Institutes and Insurance Companies and Intermediaries. 

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