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Domestic Abuse Toolkit for Employers updated

The Insurance Charities has unveiled an update to the resource the Domestic Abuse Toolkit for Employers.

The charity funded the original Toolkit and 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, especially in the wake of Covid-19.

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.

The charity says that 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 per cent since lockdown began. For those experiencing abuse, the workplace often offers a safe space and respite from their abuser.

To download the toolkit, click here.