Working Without Fear Programme

Working Without Fear Summary

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  staff  are protected. Working Without Fear will help staff understand the individual challenges they may face with regard to staff 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  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 and the organisation. It will help managers 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.

The training is delivered on a workshop format:

The workshop is a one day course for upto 15 employees, and is split into five keys areas:

1. Understanding and Spotting the Signs of DVA within the workplace:

  • Definitions and a firm understanding of Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control and Stalking. 
  • Identifying the behaviours of a  Perpetrator.
  • Identifying the DVA signs of a Victim which can include: Psychological, Emotional, Financial, Sexual and Physical damage. 

2. Risk and Impact on the Individual and the Organisation

  • Identifying the risks and impact on your organisation. 
  • Identifying the impact on the victim and their colleagues.
  • How to reduce the risks. 

3. Raising Awareness and Taking Action

  • Raising awareness within the workplace of DVA.
  • Exploring Case Studies of DVA within the workplace
  • Clare’s Law
  • Hollie Guard

4. Creating the Policy and Implementation

  • Create a draft policy
  • Procedure for implementing the policy.
  • The Pledge
  • Identifying DVA Champions
  • Examples of good employer intervention through videos and case studies. 

5. Responding to a Disclosure, Handling Perpetrators and Signposting

  • How to handle a disclosure with practice sessions. 
  • How to support a colleague and DVA Champion. 
  • How to deal with a perpetrator.
  • Signposting

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