HELP AS AN EMPLOYER
When you consider that 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lives, there may be women in your workplace who are living with it. It might not be visible or obvious, but can affect work in a number of ways such as late arrivals, emotional distress, stress, absenteeism, lack of concentration and depression. The cost to an organisation can be high: UK figures suggest up to millions of pounds in lost productivity. Some employers may feel uncomfortable becoming involved in an employee’s private life, but you can help in a number of ways:
- Do you make business purchases online? e.g. travel bookings, stationary & supplies. Raise funds for Refuge next time you make an online purchase at absolutely no extra cost. Discounts are often available, so your purchase could even cost you less. For more information click here.
- Find out about local services and display leaflets and posters; contact us and we can provide some about our services Download poster
- Offer your workplace as a safe place for Refuge Outreach workers to meet your employee to discuss their options. If this is not practical, offer them the information that Outreach workers can meet with them in the community for support.
- You can develop and put in place a domestic violence policy for your workplace. View the 2011 Awareness campaign that was aimed at employers to do this click here.
- You could consider raising the subject of domestic violence in any performance reviews where absenteeism or poor performance is an issue.
- We aim to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse and what services we can offer women; if you, your organisation or group would like us to come and give a talk or presentation, please contact us and we can organise something to meet your individual needs. This service is free. If you are interested or would like further information please contact us.
- Hold a fundraiser such as having a dress down day. Registered charity number 112.
- Stay connected with Jersey Women's Refuge at LinkedIn
If you are looking for information because you work with young people, please click on the below link:
toolkit for schools and working with young people