Several of our members and wider employers having been working to develop resources to help their employees facing domestic abuse during this time. Some examples are below.
The WE EMPOWER G7 has created a webinar exploring the private sector's role in addressing the domestic violence experienced by their employees working remotely from home during COVID-19. In this hour-long session, the panelists speak about practical policies, practices and services that companies can develop, implement and practice to help eliminate domestic violence.
EY has developed support and guidance for management and HR teams, which can be found in their Workforce Guidance.
The Home Office has worked with a number of key partners and charities to launch a new national campaign to raise awareness that there is still support available for victims of domestic abuse. Read their Partner Pack and use the campaign hashtag #YouAreNotAlone, to show solidarity and support for victims of abuse.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
The LGA has created a guide for councils on tackling domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
The Ministry of Defence has developed an extensive selection of materials for their employees and their families, to help them think about how to increase their safety either within an abusive relationship or if they decide to leave. This includes:
BUSINESS IN THE COMMUNITY
BITC has created a COVID-19: Domestic Abuse Toolkit for Employers, which provides actions for employers to support employees at risk or experiencing domestic abuse.
BITC held a webinar on Domestic Abuse during COVID-19 and Elizabeth Filkin, Chair of the EIDA, was one of the speakers: BITC Domestic Abuse during COVID-19 webinar.
TRADES UNION CONGRESS
The TUC has created a new interactive guide for employers and representatives on domestic abuse and COVID-19.
UCLAN HARM NETWORK
HARM network, at University of Central Lancashire, is urging organisations across the UK to take action to protect employees (including remote workers) and service-users at risk of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 lockdown. HARM, together with a panel of leading experts, have developed evidence-based recommendations to help employers safeguard their staff in an inclusive way that recognises and respects the cultural and ethnic diversity of their workforce.
UN Women has created a call to action for the private sector, outlining the impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence and the workplace. This guideline shares company responses and makes recommendations for providing a workplace that is free from violence and harassment.
Vodafone has written an article on Domestic violence and abuse: providing support during COVID-19 isolation, reiterating both Vodafone and the Vodafone Foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting people affected by domestic violence and abuse through COVID-19.