Hello everyone and welcome to our first training newsletter of the year. We hope you had a good break with lots of laughter and fun, even though it was a bit different.
As we start 2021, many of us are still facing challenges with working from home, being furloughed, physical and mental health, and general wellbeing, which isn’t the start we had all hoped for.
With further lockdown measures families and couples are again spending more time together at home and being pushed into isolation from the outside world. This will have a serious impact on the lives of people who are experiencing domestic abuse, as isolation is a key tactic of abusers.
We are still here to support and help employers with employees who may be experiencing domestic abuse whilst social distancing and self-isolating. This newsletter will update you on our continued services, provide some valuable information on how to support your staff and colleagues, and introduce you to The Haven Training.
What are the possible indicators of domestic abuse in the workplace?
Whether people are working from their workplaces, remotely or from home, you may notice changes in attendance at work. This can be starting late, wanting to change working hours or leaving work early for no reason or for reasons that don’t sound plausible. You may also notice frequent unexplained absence from work or an increase in sickness.
When working from home, you might observe that the person is unavailable to answer calls or attend virtual meetings, consistently refusing to turn cameras on for virtual meetings, expressing a need to log off early or log on late. They may also report issues with availability of WiFi and internet access because the perpetrator may be limiting their use of IT.
When in the workplace, you could see someone spending an unusual number of hours at work when it isn’t required, or having no access to transport to go home or showing a reluctance to go home.
These on their own may not be indicators, but if coupled with other things, as a supportive employer or work colleague, you may want to chat to the person to see how they are. We offer guidance on how to have these conversations to safeguard and manage risks in a supportive and empathetic way.
There are other possible indicators that we discuss in our training around supporting employees in the workplace. Our Working From Home Guide (as seen above) is also a useful resource to help both managers and work colleagues recognise domestic abuse and provide support now.
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 know our support, advice and training is of a very high standard and we are proud to tell you that. But don’t just take our word for it!
- Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor – Magistrates’ Court Unit & Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit
In 2020 we held various webinars to introduce domestic abuse awareness into organisations and help them to support their employees in the workplace. Due to their success and the wonderful feedback we received, we are holding more in 2021.
At a time when it is so important companies and employees know how to support anyone being subjected to domestic abuse, we have also decided to offer a SPECIAL DISCOUNT of free places with this issue of our training newsletter.
Currently we have three training webinars during January and February.
Includes information and guidance on domestic abuse, identifying behaviours, recognising signs, how it impacts the victim using real life case studies. It also provides a safe space for discussions and follow up information that can be utilised after the training.
Covers possible indicators of domestic abuse, how to respond and where to refer. This webinar will help you to ensure all staff feel safe and supported in the workplace and promote a zero-tolerance message.