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Local Businesses Called on to Support Victims of Domestic and Sexual Abuse

Domestic abuse in the workplace

Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger

Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner has launched a campaign calling on local businesses to do more in the fight against domestic and sexual abuse.

The Domestic and Sexual Abuse and the Workplace project was launched during the Better Health at Work Awards evening on Thursday 12th March, celebrating those employers that address health issues in the workplace.

This year for the first time domestic and sexual abuse has been included in the award criteria, emphasising the important role that businesses can play in supporting victims of such a devastating crime.

Nationally, domestic abuse costs UK businesses approximately £2.7 billion a year in decreased productivity, absenteeism, poor performance and employee turnover with 12,726 incidents of domestic abuse recorded in Cleveland alone during 2012/13.

Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland said:

"Domestic and sexual abuse is everyone's business and I am actively encouraging each and every employer across Cleveland to play their part in supporting their employees.

"Statistics show that domestic abuse victims may often turn to their work colleague or employer for help and support. That is why we are offering employers free guidance, advice, training and promotional materials to ensure they can support their staff when help is most needed.

“Perpetrators may often target victims in the workplace. Having trained workplace champions can ensure employers know what they can do to help.”

Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary for the Northern TUC, who coordinate the Better Health at Work Award said: “We recognise the invaluable role employers can play in helping provide the right help and support for victims of domestic abuse, hence the reason it has now been included in the Silver Award criteria.

“The PCCs are doing an amazing job ensuring that specific and specialist training is available to equip our regional employers to deal with such a sensitive and important issue appropriately. Unfortunately, domestic abuse is indiscriminate in its targets and can affect anyone in any workplace so I would urge all organisations, whether they have 5 staff or 5000, to make it their business, too.”

Employers in the Cleveland area who would like more information about the free training and support available, can contact The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on 01642 301208 or email pcc@cleveland.pnn.police.uk.

 

Posted on Wednesday 18th March 2015
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