White Ribbon Day

White Ribbon Day

We were recently contacted by one of our clients who faced a difficult situation; one of their employees came to work badly bruised to the face, The Manager reported that:

“On arrival, she showed me physical signs of domestic violence that she indicated had happened very recently. She also appeared emotionally distressed by the incident...”

Our client, the employer asked us what they should do. As this was not something I had been asked about before we did some research on the best practice guidance contacting our professional body, the CIPD [Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development] as well as our HR Inform Subscription Library and other employment bodies such as ACAS.  

Our advice was that the employee was not in a fit state to work and that she should return home or to a safe place of refuge and that the employer would keep in touch with her over the next few days and provide appropriate support when she returns to work. We provided a Policy to the employer on Managing and Supporting Employees who may be experiencing domestic abuse or were at risk of this, and the policy included guidance for managers on what to do and say and what not to do and say to victims. Our policy also includes a list of professional and self-help organisations that work with victims of domestic violence. 

The CIPD has produced a guide “Managing & Supporting Employees Experiencing Domestic Abuse” which we were able to share with our client – please contact me if you would like a copy. Tel 01553 401781 or email peter.lawrence@humancapitaldept.com

White Ribbon Day [on 25th Nov 22] seeks to highlight this issue with the aim to end all violence towards women and girls full stop. 

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