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 take a look at our information for employers page, or register your interest by filling in this form.

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

What support is available for you at work?

If your organisation is signed up to the Everyone's Business programme and you are witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse, you can access our specialist employer's Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA).

However, even if your organisation is not signed up to the programme, you may still be able to speak to an IDVA via your local domestic abuse service. The Bright Sky app can help you locate your nearest domestic abuse support provider.

An IDVA's role is to advise their clients on the best way to keep safe. This includes:

  • Offering a confidential, non-judgemental, safe and person-led service

  • Exploring options with the client, helping them name the reality and nature of the abuse

  • Developing individual safety plans

  • Offering information and emotional support

  • Signposting to external services such as counselling or legal advice

  • Supporting and advising around the criminal or civil justice system, housing options, finances etc.

Referrals to the IDVA service can be made directly by any employee, or by the company on behalf of the employee with their consent.

For advice please email [email protected]

As part of the Everyone's Business programme, your employer will also have:

  • Dedicated staff champions, trained on domestic abuse

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

  • An online portal featuring your organisation's HR policies on domestic abuse, information about your organisation's dedicated staff champions, tools such as self-assessments and contact information for nearby specialist support services

If you are witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse and your organisation is not signed up to the Everyone's Business programme, the freephone National Domestic Violence Helpline is available on 0808 2000 247 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 999.

You can also download the Bright Sky app for support and information around domestic abuse, including a unique UK-wide directory of specialist domestic abuse support services with contact details.