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Domestic Abuse - A Workplace Issue: In-house Course

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Domestic abuse not only impacts on the well-being of women, but it affects the financial strength and success of the companies for which they work.

Seventy-five per cent of those experiencing domestic abuse are targeted at work and it is often possible for perpetrators to use workplace resources such as phones, email and other means to threaten, harass or abuse their current or former partner

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Course outline

One in four women will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime. This means it is likely that all workplaces will have staff that have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse as well as those who are perpetrators of abuse.

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Domestic abuse is the abuse of power and control over one person by another and can take many different forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, verbal and financial abuse.

This training programme refers principally to women but it applies equally to men. Research shows that women are more likely to suffer more serious injury and on-going assaults than men. However, it should be acknowledged that men can experience domestic abuse from their female partner and that domestic abuse also occurs in same-sex relationships. All employees who experience abuse should be supported regardless of gender and the type of abuse.

Aims of the Course

The training programme is aimed at managers, supervisors and staff. The training elements include:

 Good people management

  • Being a good employer includes supporting staff through new or difficult periods in their lives. Domestic abuse has a devastating impact on individuals and their families.
  • People experiencing domestic abuse are often subject to disciplinary action and lose their jobs because their behaviour, being late for example, is misinterpreted.
  • However, a steady income is often key to a survivor’s economic independence and their opportunities to escape from an abusive relationship.
  • Employers have a responsibility to provide all staff with a safe and effective work environment.
  • For some employees the workplace is a safe haven and the only place that offers routes to safety.

Policy development

  • Having a domestic abuse workplace policy can clearly demonstrate domestic abuse is not tolerated within or outside the workplace. It will show a commitment to provide support for staff and take action against perpetrators.
  • An effective workplace policy on domestic abuse can ensure that employers are complying with these laws

The business case

  • Supporting staff that have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse makes business sense. Not only will this be a reflection of good management practice but also corporate social responsibility.
  • Colleagues may also be affected. They may be followed to or from work, or subject to questioning about the victim’s contact details or locations.
  • They may have to cover for other workers while they are off, try to fend off the abuse and fear for their own safety.
  • Furthermore, colleagues may be unaware of the abuse or not know how to help.
  • Introducing an effective workplace policy and practice will be a good investment to retain skilled and experienced staff, thereby increasing their commitment to you as an employer.

A duty of care

  • All employers have a duty of care and health and safety laws ensure workers have the right to work in a safe environment where risks to health and well-being are considered and dealt with efficiently.

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Who is this Course aimed at?

Domestic Abuse - A Workplace Issue is aimed at HR managers, line managers, supervisors and staff.



All our training is tailored to meet the needs of the organisation, so we would go through your specific requirements and develop a course to meet those requirements.

Click here to see our pre-course questionnaire. This will let us know the objectives you have for the training and an idea of any specific areas you want to be covered.

Once we receive this, we will be able to provide you with a course outline tailored to your needs.


How is the course taught?

This is a face-to-face course taught by experienced professionals. It offers a range of methods to help participants develop both skills and knowledge. These include direct formal input, small and large group discussions and exercises and case study material.

For further information, please email us or call us on 0161 763 4783.

We can develop or modify a course specifically to meet your organisation's needs. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us


Our In-House course rates are as follows:

  • Full day (One trainer - up to 20 participants): £795
  • Half day (up to 3 hour sessions): £495

We can do 2 separate half day sessions in a full day for the full day rate

For groups of more than 20, we can provide more trainers or split the delegates into smaller groups


  • Travel and subsistence costs are in addition

Please see the following documents for full details

Domestic abuse in the workplaceEDUK: Who we are and what we do

in house equality and diversity trainingEDUK: Costs and Agreement



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