It’s March already and time for our next newsletter. We hope you are looking forward to Spring approaching, Easter and lots of chocolate.
So what has been happening since the last time we met:
A further COVID lockdown, but now the fantastic vaccination roll-out program and a roadmap out of lockdown. There is hope for a return to work, but what does this mean for some employees. Will they be stopped from returning, do they sound/look anxious about their return along with other signs of domestic abuse, would you know what the signs were?
Our training continues online so we can be there to support and advise. We have new dates available – details further on in the newsletter.
March saw our annual celebration of Empurple Week celebrating International Women’s Day. Why purple? Purple is the internationally recognised colour of campaigns taking a stand against domestic abuse. Thank you to everyone who raised money for us and we hope that you will be excited to hear about our new employer domestic abuse awareness campaign below.
Many of you will have seen the open letter to employers from Paul Scully, Business Minister, in our last newsletter.
In agreement with his statement quoted above, we will be launching The Purple Pledge Campaign from 29th March 2021 and it will:
Support every company in the West Midlands and Black Country to have a robust Domestic Abuse policy in place.
Support every company in the West Midlands and Black Country to have a minimum of one Domestic Abuse Champion (a trained individual who has the tools to support employees when they disclose).
Support employers to provide a safe, open organisation where employees can recognise, respond and refer.
We have three packages available. Our Empower Proactive package is £125 for the introduction Domestic Abuse Policy template, Domestic Abuse Workplace Champion training and other resources. And for small companies employing less than 10 staff we will have be providing a policy template and full days Domestic Abuse Workplace Champion training for free.
The definition of coercive behaviour is: a continuing act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.
This may include:
unreasonable demands: ‘you’d do it if you loved me’
bullying behaviour, name calling, degradation: ‘why are you so ugly, no-one else wants you’
economic abuse: ‘my partner has my bank card as I’m not good with money’
distorting reality: ‘stop imagining things!’
These are just a few things that could be signs of coercive control. In many relationships, there are occasions where one person will make a decision on behalf of their partner, or where one person will take control of a certain situation. Within a supportive and healthy relationship this is not an issue. It is unhealthy when control of a person’s day-to-day life is stripped away by their partner, and when they have ‘rules’ they must live by to not anger their partner.
We have a fabulous Training Team at The Haven led by our Training and Research Manager, Rebecca Matthews. In each newsletter she will be answering your questions, so don’t forget to send them over to us and keep in touch.
We have met and supported some fantastic people and organisations in our January and February webinars. This feedback was lovely to receive.
“I really enjoyed the training, very informative and it was a pleasure to meet you. I thought it was really useful, it was a refresher for me; but I loved how intimate the setting was so I could actively participate. With online training over the past year it is difficult to completely engage so I really liked this technique of a small group setting! I also loved the facilitators passion for the topic, it really came across.”
- Depaul UK, Youth Homeless Charity
What's coming from
The Haven this year?
Severn Trent implements their Domestic Abuse and Stalking Guide – learn what they are doing and how we will be recognising this in the Purple Pledge Campaign.
Who is supporting The Purple Pledge Campaign.
What the Domestic Bill means for employers.
A brand new and improved website with a dedicated space for professionals to access training and resources.