Domestic and sexual violence and abuse is a problem in Northern Ireland with thousands of incidents reported every year. One in four women and one in seven men are reported to have experienced domestic violence. The accurate number is much higher as most incidents go undisclosed.
Having a workforce policy that supports employees experiencing domestic and sexual violence and abuse can help employers recruit and retain staff. It can help increase staff morale and productivity, prevent unnecessary disciplinary action as well as communicating a duty of care to both employees and potential employees.
This guide highlights the benefits of having a workplace policy on domestic and sexual violence and abuse and outlines what to include in a policy. It provides advice to employers on how to support employees affected by domestic and sexual violence and abuse.