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Behind Closed Doors: Domestic abuse awareness session
Thu 22 June 2017, 13:00 – 16:00 BST
Did you know? In any one year, more than 20% of employed women take time off work and 2% lose their jobs as a direct result of domestic violence. With 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men affected by it during their adult lives, this issue touches every workplace up and down the country. Some 75% of people who endure violence are targeted at work – and less than 30% of workplaces know how to respond.
This free event is aimed at local businesses and their employees to raise awareness of domestic abuse and guidance for their place of work.
This event aims to:
• Show what abuse looks like, how it manifests in the workplace and how employers can support their staff who are victims of abuse
• To put an end to secondary victimisation in the workplace
• To remove myths and stereotypes that exist around victims of abuse
Many victims of domestic abuse see the workplace as a safe haven that helps them keep a sense of normality. However, some can still be targeted in their place of work and it’s well known that victims may hide their reality from colleagues and employers as they are ashamed or worried that they may be seen as a problem.
Reducing Domestic Abuse is a key priority of Surrey Police and the Elmbridge Community and Safety Partnership.
The event will include:
• A dramatisation of Behind Closed Doors which depicts the systematic breaking down of an ebullient, happy woman to a person living in constant fear and uncertainty
• Fiona Bowman, a survivor of domestic abuse and now an internationally recognised speaker on domestic abuse in the workplace