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New £1m programme to transform businesses approach to domestic abuse 
  • Domestic abuse costs the economy more than £2 billion per year in absence  
  • Over 300 leading business will take part in innovative pilot programme over next 2 years
  • 5% of businesses have a domestic policy in place for staff to access and seek support from
 
Monday 17th September: A new programme “Everyone’s Business” launches today to give some of the UK’s largest employers access to bespoke support on domestic abuse affecting their employees. The pilot programme, led by charity Hestia and backed by funding from the Government’s Tampon Tax, will be delivered by a consortium of organisations including the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse, Surviving Economic Abuse, the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence, Cardiff Women’s Aid, Woman’s Trust, TecSOS and Latimer. 
 
1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse in their life time. 3 in 4 of those victims of domestic abuse will be targeted whilst at work. Yet 90% of victims never tell their employer and only 5% of businesses have a domestic policy in place for staff to access and seek support from. 
 
The new programme has been launched in response to growing interests from employers to address this. Already over 260 businesses have joined the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse. Over the next 2 years employers will be able to access the tools needed to strengthen their response and support prevention efforts by raising awareness in the workplace. This will include being able to refer staff to specialist advocates and counsellors, training for staff, access to resources through an online portal and the development of a kite mark of best practice.
 
Elizabeth Filkin, Chair of the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse said: 
“UK businesses are increasingly concerned about the impact of domestic abuse on their employees. Everyone’s Business is an exciting opportunity for leaders across the UK to take practical action in the workplace so that more victims of domestic abuse can access the support they need and that anyone supporting a friend or family member has the tools they need to make a positive difference.
 
Patrick Ryan, CEO of Hestia said:
“Domestic abuse affects every aspect of a person’s life and leaves victims feeling isolated and hopeless. Almost all of us will know someone affected by domestic abuse, whether a friend, family member of colleague. Businesses have a unique role to play in breaking the silence around domestic abuse and ensuring victims can access the help and support they need. For too long domestic abuse has been nobody’s business. We are delighted to be working in partnership with employers across the UK to make sure it becomes Everyone’s Business.”
 
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Contacts:
Josh McLean, Communication Coordinator | [email protected] | 07845 555995 
 
About Everyone’s Business: 
Everyone’s Business is a new innovative cross-partnership programme putting employers at the heart of tackling domestic abuse and providing them with the tools they need to recognise and prevent domestic abuse, be prepared to receive disclosures and actively respond and speedily support employees who are experiencing or perpetrating domestic abuse.
 
About Hestia: 
At Hestia, we support adults and children across London in times of crisis. Last year we worked with more than 9,000 people including women and children who have experienced domestic abuse, victims of modern slavery, young care leavers and older people. From giving someone a home to helping them to get the right mental health support, we support and enable people at the moment of crisis.
 
Hestia is the largest provider of domestic abuse refuges in London and last year we supported 3,657 people to recover from the trauma of domestic abuse including 668 children. We provide families refuge accommodation, dedicated children and family support, IDVA (Independent Domestic Abuse Advocates) and MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Centre) support and community group support.
 
Hestia is also the home of UK SAYS NO MORE, a national campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and sexual violence across the UK.
 
About Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse: 
Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse are a Network of more than 200 companies and public-sector organisations who have come together, to exchange information about best practice, and to encourage, promote and develop action to help staff who are enduring domestic abuse, or who are perpetrators. They hold network meetings once a quarter at a central London venue on topics suggested by member employers
 
About Corporate Alliance: 
The Corporate Alliance is the nationally recognized charitable organisation working with employers addressing the impact of domestic violence on workplaces.  Their vision is to work with every employer, providing them with practical and sector relevant tools and resources in a business-to-business platform in relation to the issues of addressing domestic abuse, assessing and mitigating the risk domestic violence poses to their company and employees, and provide accredited training where employees can learn how to identify warning signs, know what the best practice is and take action internally.  
 
About Surviving Economic Abuse: 
Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA) is the only UK charity dedicated to raising awareness of economic abuse and transforming responses to it. 
 
About Bulbshare: 
Bulbshare delivers technology to help brands and organisations build more meaningful relationships with their audiences.  They are driven by the belief that through harnessing the power of real people to shape their experiences, they can create better brands and better institutions that are more firmly rooted in the interests of the audiences they seek to serve.
About TecSOS:
TecSOS is an initiative that seeks to support victims of domestic abuse and other vulnerable people, through the provision of a specially adapted piece of technology that enables enhanced access to the police in an emergency.  The programme is supported by the Vodafone Foundation and is provided on a not-for-profit basis. There are over 82,000 TecSOS users throughout the world.
 
About Women’s Trust: 
Woman’s Trust is a woman only charity, focusing on the mental and emotional health of women affected by domestic violence and abuse. We support women so they can understand and overcome their experiences and move forward building their lives and supporting their children.
 
About Cardiff Women’s Aid: 
Cardiff Women's Aid works to raise awareness, provide support to and heal individuals and communities from the devastation that is wrought by domestic and sexual violence.  Delivering advocacy at the point of crisis, especially for high-risk clients, is a critical function of their core direct services.  They educate and heal individuals and families and, through that, also help to heal communities.