Information for employers

The human and financial costs of domestic violence and abuse are immeasurable, causing harm and disruption to families, communities and society on a massive scale. The negative impact on individual lives, public services and economic output are widely recognised.

Even with limited resources there are steps that small business owners can take to address the effects of domestic abuse in the workplace. In many cases it is about being aware and signposting to the organisations that provide specialist support.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have produced guidance for employers to enable employees experiencing domestic abuse by offering support and developing an effective workplace policy.

The guidance includes practical tips for employers to recognise when an employee may be affected by domestic abuse. It explains how to respond and offer support, and provides details of organisations to turn to for further information and advice.

Employers may wish to develop a workplace policy to raise awareness of domestic abuse, identify responsibilities and ensure provision, support and safety. The guidance sets out key elements that could be included in an effective policy.

White Ribbon UK campaign to engage men in helping to end male violence against women. Any organisation can apply to become a White Ribbon UK accredited employer by committing to a two-year action plan on combating Domestic Violence and raising awareness. In December 2017 Bradford Council became a White Ribbon Local Authority.

To find out more about how your organisation can get involved please visit the White Ribbon UK website.

Non-emergency advice and support:

Call Staying Put or Domestic Violence Services (Keighley) for support in the Bradford District - whether you are male or female.

To report domestic or sexual abuse that has already occurred you can call West Yorkshire Police on 101.

Call the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 for 24 hour advice.

If you are being forced to marry against your will, or are suffering abuse on the grounds of protecting your family's 'honour', Karma Nirvana's Helpline can provide useful advice and support. The Forced Marriage Unit can act to prevent Forced Marriages from taking place.

If you have experienced Rape or Sexual Assault advice and support is offered by Bradford Rape Crisis on 01274 308270.

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger always call 999.

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