One of Britain’s largest unions, the GMB, has called on employers to back its ‘Work to Stop Domestic Violence’ charter which asks companies to support workers experiencing domestic abuse.
The initiative seeks to ensure they will not be disadvantaged at work; will be supported with access to services and information; and that all employers train staff to be able to appropriately and confidently support colleagues suffering from domestic abuse.
“Workers have for far too long been told that domestic abuse was something that was a ‘personal issue that shouldn’t interfere with work’,” said the union’s national equality and inclusion officer Nell Andrew.
“Domestic abuse is a workplace issue and people experiencing it are often subject to disciplinary action or job losses, often through no fault of their own.”
Andrew added: “A poster, a policy and a person who is trained to support staff facing domestic violence – these are the small things that our members tell us make a big difference to their lives.”
The union referenced the Crime Survey for England and Wales which estimated 2 million adults aged 16 to 59 experienced domestic abuse in the 12 months to March, divided between 1.3 million women and 695,000 men.