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Impact of Domestic Abuse in the Workplace

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Understand the Impact of Domestic Abuse in the Workplace in this 2hr online workshop delivered on zoom.

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This session is funded by The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex and The National Lottery Community Fund.

The Social and Economic costs of Domestic Abuse were explored in a Home Office Report released in 2019. Costs were calculated at £66 billion per year, with £14 billion of this as a direct cost to businesses themselves. A further study released in November 2019 highlighted the barriers to career progression for victims and the costs of just absence alone in relation to domestic abuse. This workshop explores this impact in terms of the victim themselves but also their work colleagues and employers. Increased absence, lateness, lower productivity, reduced health and wellbeing and case studies are all explored in order to create a thorough picture. This is followed by how workplaces can minimise the impact by embedding a culture of understanding around domestic abuse, develop a robust policy as well as deliver safe and effective support to employees taking into account important issues of risk and confidentiality. This workshop is run in associaton with HR Consultants, Mrs P2.

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Alpha Vesta CIC provide training and consultancy in domestic abuse for businesses and organisations across Essex.  In the UK, the Home Office calculates the national costs of domestic abuse as £66 billion including police, criminal justice system, social care, health and mental health sector costs as well as to the economy.   With 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men affected by domestic abuse at some point during their adult life and 1/3 of all violent crime in Essex being domestic related, the impact is widespread across communities and impacts directly in the workplace.  Victims and their children live in fear of what the next day will bring and their family and friends often struggle to understand why their loved one doesn’t ‘just leave’.

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