New Support For Survivors Of Domestic Abuse

As part of the Government’s wider approach to tackling domestic abuse, they are reviewing employment rights with a view to providing new support for survivors of domestic abuse. The review is seeking views on availability of flexible working and unplanned leave for survivors of domestic abuse.

The availability of flexible working, unplanned leave and other employment needs will be examined in a new review of how employers and government could better support domestic abuse survivors at work.

New Support For Survivors Of Domestic Abuse

The review, launched by Business Minister Paul Scully, will look at options to improve the workplace for survivors, including how employers can help tackle economic abuse, such as by paying wages to a different bank account or making emergency salary payments available for those in real financial hardship.

Domestic abuse has a profound impact which goes far beyond what they face at home at home, with 1 in 5 survivors needing to take time off work due to abuse.

This review aims to give employers the confidence and knowledge to support workers affected by domestic abuse. It will build the evidence base for possible future action by government and employers, to ensure that survivors are properly supported at work.

The review comes as the government’s ground-breaking Domestic Abuse Bill continues through Parliament which will bring into law a statutory definition of domestic abuse that includes, coercive or controlling behaviour, as well as emotional and economic abuse. The Bill will also provide police forces with new powers through the Domestic Abuse Protection Notice and Order, as well as place a duty on local authorities in England to provide support for victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other safe accommodation.

The review aims to ensure survivors are given the support they deserve within the workplace, whether that is an outlet for reporting abuse, financial assistance or as a source of emotional support. As part of the process, the government will explore examples of best practice from employers within the UK and evidence from other countries and how they approach domestic abuse, to see how the UK’s current employment framework could be enhanced.

The initial stage of the review is asking for written evidence from employers on the specific employment needs of domestic abuse survivors, and how they are met by current employment rights and practices.

How To Contribute

Written submissions will be accepted until 9 September and should be sent to domesticabuse.employmentreview@beis.gov.uk, answering 1 of the below open questions:

  1. what practical circumstances arise in relation to domestic abuse and work?
  2. what support can be offered in the workplace for victims of domestic abuse?
  3. what is possible with the existing framework?
  4. what does current best practice look like?
  5. what is the potential to do more?

If you have any questions please call me on 0114 360 0626 or simply email me at enquiries@kea-hr.co.uk.

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New Support For Survivors Of Domestic Abuse