The Insurance Charities sponsors Domestic Abuse Toolkit
The Toolkit has been launched to help insurance employers tackle domestic abuse
Economic impact to business of domestic abuse estimated at £1.9 billion a year
An estimated 1.9 million adults experienced domestic abuse last year and 75% are targeted at their place of work
Employers have a vital role to play in society’s response to domestic abuse; an issue which affects an estimated 1.9 million adults in the UK each year and which can have devastating effects on employees’ lives.
Preventing and tackling domestic abuse is an integral part of the duty of care and legal responsibility employers have in ensuring they provide a safe and effective work environment for their staff.
The Insurance Charities are supporting employers in the insurance sector to tackle domestic abuse by sponsoring a Domestic Abuse toolkit, produced by Business in the Community and supported by Public Health England.
The practical toolkit is designed to sit within HR teams and with line managers to aid those dealing with this sensitive and difficult issue regardless of the size of company.
The Domestic Abuse toolkit will help employers identify the signs that abuse may be happening, such as personality changes, becoming withdrawn, spending a lot of time checking their phone, or arriving at work early and staying late, behaviour that is different and unusual to how they were previously.
According to the Office for National Statistics in 2017 approximately 6 in every 100 adults were a victim of domestic abuse. Such abuse does not discriminate, it can affect anyone.
The Insurance Charities has helped individuals and families who have had to flee from a violent partner and start again with nothing often losing touch with their extended family for fear of being tracked down by their ex-partner. Seeing those who try and start their lives again with little more than a suitcase and helping them through re-establishing their life from scratch has brought home how destructive domestic abuse is for the victims and their dependants.
Having access to resources like the Domestic Abuse toolkit can make this much easier for HR departments to implement, as the framework and guidelines are already provided. There are plenty of other benefits such as retaining staff, creating an open and caring workplace and the cost savings of having a policy already provided. By having workplace guidance, it sends a clear message that abuse is not tolerated and victims will be supported.
Many companies are increasingly understanding of employee’s mental health issues and The Insurance Charities wants to push these boundaries further and make the workplace a safe place to discuss any issue which affects an employee’s ability to do their job.
Annali-Joy Thornicroft, CEO of The Insurance Charities said:
“We have seen a growing number of people coming forward for support as a result of domestic abuse. Such individuals have often hidden what has been happening either at home or in the workplace, for fear of judgement or simply because they do not feel their HR colleagues would know how to best support them”.
To download your copy of the Toolkit
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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