Domestic abuse: Open letter from the Business Minister to employers

A new report has found that few employers are aware of the signs of domestic abuse, and an even smaller number have a clear policy in place to support survivors. The Business Minister, Paul Scully, on 14 January issued a ‘rallying call’ to employers across the country to take some simple steps to help victims of domestic abuse.

The Minister says that as an employer, you can play an important role in spotting signs of domestic abuse and help your staff find the right support. In this call, steps are set out that employers are encouraged to take on board and help to share widely with employees:

Raise awareness of domestic abuse – the first barrier is often simply awareness and understanding. Ensuring staff can spot the signs of a colleague facing domestic abuse.

Be inclusive – senior leaders should look to foster an environment where all workers feel comfortable “being themselves” and talking openly.

Use free support available – there is a range of excellent free guidance for both employers and employees to support domestic abuse survivors in the workplace, including toolkits from organisations like Business in the Community and Public Health England

To view the Business Minister’s letter, click here