Citizens Advice Telford & the Wrekin

Support for Professionals, Employers and Organisations

Support for employers

If you are an employer, it is important that you signal to all your workforce that if they are facing domestic abuse you want to help them to get help. Keep in regular contact with employees you know, or fear, may be facing abuse and if you lose contact with them, take swift action to visit them. If you believe there is an immediate risk of harm to someone, or it is an emergency, you should always call 999.

Encourage employees to look out for others who may be facing domestic abuse and signpost them to support. Your staff may also be worried about their own abusive behaviour at this time. There is no excuse for domestic abuse, no matter what stresses you are under and support is available.

The Home Office has also created a COVID-19 employer pack
This gives guidance to employers as to how they can best reassure employees facing domestic abuse that the COVID-19 household isolation instructions do not apply to them. It also helps reinforce the message that they are not alone and there is help and support available. Part of their Domestic Abuse COVID-19 Campaign, the pack includes draft information for staff communications and a link to download shareable materials - such as posters, leaflets, animations, email signatures and social media assets.

The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse website has a range of resources to support employers. Business in the Community also have a toolkit with information for employers.