BEHIND CLOSED DOORS is a conference about domestic abuse and stalking in the workplace.
In England and Wales domestic abuse costs £1.9billion a year in lost economic output. This is due to decreased productivity, administration difficulties from unplanned time off, lost wages and sick pay. Domestic abuse can impact negatively on employees health and wellbeing. It can impact on staff morale as well as organisational image and reputation.
With research showing that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, it is likely that all workplaces have staff that have or are experiencing abuse as well those who are perpetrators. Developing an effective workplace policy is essential. Few businesses have a domestic abuse policy in place and even less have a stalking policy.
The conference is for employers, front line staff, agencies, CPS, Court staff, HR professionals and managers and is aimed at highlighting an employer’s duty of care to their staff in relation to domestic abuse and stalking and their legal liabilities. It outlines how certain types of abuse can escalate and how this can take place either within the workplace or directly outside it. It will outline how staff, management and businesses can be ready to identify staff who are subjected to abuse or stalking, to be able to handle domestic abuse and stalking and signpost staff to the correct organisation.
This is part of the Bristol Zero Tolerance initiative and is also an opportunity for businesses to find out how they can sign up to the Zero Tolerance Pledge and take action on this as well as access the Women's Aid 'Domestic Abuse: It's Your Business' training which is available to organisations and businesses as part of the initiative.
- Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens
- Superintendent Andy Bennett, Avon and Somerset Police
- Shonagh Dillon, Paladin
- Nicki Norman, Women's Aid
- Nick Gazzard, The Hollie Gazzard Trust
There will also be a theatre piece from Alter Ego Creative Solutions of ‘Behind Closed Doors’ a hard-hitting applied theatre production that was developed in association with The City of London Police to raise awareness of the issues surrounding domestic abuse and violence.