Everyone's Business is a cross-partnership programme putting employers at the heart of tackling domestic abuse by providing free, necessary and bespoke tools to recognise the signs and play an active role in prevention.

If you are an organisation interested in joining the Everyone's Business programme, please fill in this form.

If you are an employee of an organisation signed up to the Everyone's Business and are looking for information on the support the programme provides, please click here.

"Working with the Everyone's Business team has helped focus our review of policies and, with their expertise, update to align with wider industry policies. With Hestia's support, we are striving to ensure that all employees affected by domestic abuse at the Ministry of Defence are guided to seek specialist support."

- Ministry of Defence

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse is defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

  • Psychological

  • Physical 

  • Sexual

  • Financial

  • Emotional

  • Stalking and harassment

  • Online abuse

 The aim of Everyone's Business

  • Everyone's Business aims to engage numerous employers throughout the United Kingdom by starting the conversation about domestic abuse in the workplace

  • It will provide employers with the tools they need to strengthen the response and support available to employees experiencing and perpetrating abuse

  • It will increase the efforts to prevent domestic abuse by raising awareness in the workplace

  • The partnership will work with employers to actively think about their domestic abuse policies and procedures working closely with HR, line managers, EAP’s and anybody else as appropriate

  • The purpose is to create an overall change on how employers think and deal with domestic abuse

What free services are available as part of Everyone's Business?

  • An assessment of current policies and procedures
  • Access to an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA)

  • Accredited domestic abuse training to staff and other stakeholders, including Human Resources teams and well-being leaders

  • An Everyone's Business online portal, for organisations to provide employee access to HR policies on domestic abuse, as well as information about dedicated staff champions, tools such as self-assessments and contact information for nearby specialist support services. The portal also has dedicated sections for those concerned about a friend, family member or colleague as well as a specific page for those concerned about their own behaviour

  • Counselling sessions for female employees, offered by a dedicated counselling service specialising in abuse and trauma

  • Benchmark accreditation on supporting employees affected by domestic abuse

The stats

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experience domestic abuse in their lifetime

  • 3 in 4 of those victims of domestic abuse will be targeted whilst at work

  • Domestic abuse costs the economy more than £2 billion per year in absence

  • 58% of people enduring domestic abuse miss at least three days of work a month due to abuse

  • Nearly 90% of victims never tell their employer

  • 70% of employers do not know how to respond to domestic abuse

  • Currently, only around 5% of businesses have a domestic abuse policy in place for staff to access and seek support from

The Partners 

Everyone's Business is a cross-partnership programme, delivered by Hestia alongside seven other organisations. These are Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse, The Corporate Alliance, Surviving Economic Abuse, Bulbshare, TecSOS, Woman's Trust and Cardiff Women's Aid.

If you have any further queries, please email [email protected].
If you are an organisation interested in joining the Everyone's Business programme, please fill in this form.