Employers have duty of responsibility to help combat domestic abuse
- Credit: Suffolk County Council
Frequent absence, missed deadlines and unexplained bruises could all be signs of employees suffering domestic abuse, according to a toolkit recommended for Suffolk businesses.
Local leaders gathered in Ipswich to remind employers of their role in tackling the issue – thought to cost £1.9billion a year in decreased productivity, time off work, lost wages and sick pay.
The toolkit was endorsed as part of the national White Ribbon campaign to end violence against women – launched locally at county council headquarters, where health chief James Reeder said: “We are encouraging employers to take action, so that skilled and experienced staff are able to retain their jobs, and feel safe and supported in the workplace.”
Chamber of Commerce campaign leader, Paul Simon said more and more firms were becoming actively involved in promoting good health and wellbeing in staff.
Find the toolkit at wellbeing.bitc.org.uk.