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Everyone’s Business – The Employers Response to Domestic Abuse

Everyone’s Business works with employers to implement an internal response for employees that are experiencing or have previously experienced domestic abuse. When employers take action and respond to domestic abuse we know it saves lives.

Everyone’s Business has three key aims:

  • To raise awareness in the workplace about domestic abuse
  • To put measures in place to assist employers to support their staff who are enduring or perpetrating abuse
  • To assist employees to support their colleagues, via training and policy as a part of the employer’s internal response to domestic abuse

The Everyone’s Business Programme includes a series of offers:

  • An individual policy assessment to ascertain where your organisation’s response to domestic abuse currently is, assess what policies and procedures are already in place and support organisations to continue to improve their internal responses.
  • Work with HR and other relevant teams and stakeholders to create a domestic abuse response that aligns with the work already in place to support employees
  • Accredited domestic abuse training to key stakeholders, such as HR, line managers and nominated staff champions
  • Corporate Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) specifically for the workplace, to support employees enduring domestic abuse.
  • A free, confidential Advice Line specifically for employers seeking advice and support around all issues regarding domestic abuse. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm 0203 8793695

Why is Everyone’s Business Needed?

Every year 2.4 million adults are affected by domestic abuse in the UK (ONS, 2019).

On average victims experience 50 incidents of abuse before getting effective help (SafeLives 2015: Insights IDVA National Dataset 2013-14. Bristol: SafeLives.). And 12% of those who experience intimate partner violence tell someone at work (Roe, 2008).

For many, the workplace is where we spend most of our time throughout the week. In addition, domestic abuse costs UK businesses £1.9billion a year. (Walby, 2009).

How to get involved

If you would like to find out more about Everyone’s Business here or if you would like to set up a call with the team to discuss the Everyone’s Business offer further please complete this form. We will be in contact with you to discuss what your needs might be.

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“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


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