It was a pleasure to have delivered our ‘Working Without Fear’ workshop at The University of Bolton with Emma Provins. Although Domestic Abuse can still be a taboo subject, it is making the headlines and the team at Bolton University embraced the importance with great understanding. The feedback was excellent and included:

‘Informative and engaging. The facilitators built up a great rapport with the audience’

‘Very informative yet quite relaxed, so it was easy to absorb the information. It’s amazing (in terms of the training) to hear it from someone who has unfortunately had so much of an insight into it first-hand’

Working Without Fear is a one day course for up to 15 employees, and is split into five keys areas: 
1. Understanding and Spotting the Signs of domestic abuse and stalking within the workplace.
2. Risk and Impact on the Individual and the Organisation. 
3. Raising Awareness and Taking Action. 
4. Creating the Policy and Implementation. 
5. Responding to a Disclosure and Signposting.

In England and Wales domestic abuse costs £1.9billion a year in lost economic output. This hard-hitting fact is due to decreased productivity, administration difficulties from unplanned time off, lost wages and sick pay. Domestic abuse can impact negatively on an employee’s health and wellbeing. It can also impact on staff morale as well as organisational image and reputation. One of the main action points in the Domestic Homicide Review, following the murder of Hollie Gazzard, was that organisations need to be engaged and proactive on this subject.

Working Without Fear is a tailor-made programme designed to help organisations recognise what domestic violence and stalking is, the implications and help them respond appropriately so that university staff and students are protected. Working Without Fear will help staff understand the individual challenges they may face about staff and student wellbeing.

Implications for staff 

With research showing that one in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime, it is likely that organisations employ staff who have experienced, or who are currently experiencing abuse and/or stalking, as well as employing those who are perpetrators. The programme will assist in establishing best practice when it comes to strategies supporting the wellbeing of staff and students suffering from domestic abuse and stalking.

Working Without Fear will highlight what desperately heinous crimes domestic violence and stalking really are and the devastating impact they have on staff, students and the university. It will help staff understand how to recognise the signs, know what their legal and moral responsibilities entail, how to intervene early and how to help create a culture and environment where staff are ‘Working Without Fear’ encouraging them to come forward and seek assistance.

Please contact Nick Gazzard nick@ngconsulting if you would like us to run the programme at your organisation.