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3rd Jul, 2022

Domestic abuse campaign highlights emplyer support in Warwickshire

A DOMESTIC abuse campaign aims to highlight support available to those affected in Warwickshire.

The county council has launched the annual domestic abuse campaign ’16 Days of Action against Domestic Abuse’.

The campaign, which runs until December 10, allows employees to seek support from loved ones, friends and even their employer.

Employers have a legal obligation to offer support to anyone who reports acts of domestic abuse whether in the workplace itself or at home.

In addition to a social media campaign, which pairs up with Refuge, Warwickshire Police, local authorities and NHS colleagues, the council will be sharing advice and information on coercive control, domestic abuse and faith based harmful practises.

WCC spokeswoman for adult social care Margaret Bell said: “As a public service we have a duty of care to ensure residents remain safe, healthy and independent, therefore, the mental health and wellbeing of everyone is at the core of everything we do.

Domestic Abuse, in its wider term needs to be discussed in workplace settings, with friends and family and with professionals such as GPs and social workers.

“This can be extremely difficult for the victim at first, however, we need to break the silence of domestic abuse for women, men and children who suffer at the hands of a perpetrator. Our businesses provide a safe haven for workers who have had to endure a hostile home life, so we would urge everyone, businesses and residents to engage with friends and family who are scared to speak out. You are not alone.”

The council works closely with local businesses and has close links with the Chamber of Commerce, which represents businesses in the county.

Chamber spokeswoman Louise Bennett said: “Business works best when it listens to the needs of its employees and works to support them if and when they need it.

“Domestic abuse can display in the workplace in different ways – perhaps unexplained absences, emotional outbursts, under-performance, missed deadlines – and it is important that employers are aware and trained to identify these important warning signs.

“Employees should feel they are able to have a safe, confidential conversation about this with their employers and then firms can give the necessary support and understanding for the good of the individual and the business.”

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