you think someone you know
may be living with domestic violence
or abuse, the most powerful tool you can give that person is
an employer, be aware that
some of your female employees will
living in abusive relationships.
not understand why she stays in the relationship and you may
should 'rescue' her from the abuse. This isn't helpful.
has a telephone number she can call for help - she'll do so
the Women's Aid Federation of England helpline number or
phone number if she lives locally.
to negotiate with her partner on her behalf as this can
things much worse for her at home.
that posters and information about domestic violence and abuse services
are on display, particularly
in the women's toilets and rest rooms.
woman has disclosed that she is living in an abusive relationship, respect
confidentiality - it takes courage for women to speak about their abuse
ask for help.
woman needs time off during the day to attend appointments or
help don't penalise her for this.
woman is planning to leave your area in order to be safe offer
her a transfer to another branch if you can.
clear to all employees that violent and abusive behaviour is
acceptable - wherever it occurs.
a professional, be aware that
any of the women you encounter
work may be living in
the opportunity to disclose this
you by insisting on seeing them without
woman discloses domestic violence or
assure her of your confidentiality but
make clear any limits to this (for example: in relation to children).
clear that you know the abuse is not her fault.
document any evidence of violence or abuse and its effects as
will help in any court
proceedings or housing applications.
posters and information about domestic violence services on
display in public areas.
- Have useful
telephone numbers handy to give
local Women's Aid group, Local Authority Housing Needs Section, Shelter,
Advice Bureau and Domestic Violence Liaison Officer.
women may ask you to make the call for them and others may not. Either
way, they should have the numbers themselves.
We can all do
something to help stop domestic violence.
of our commitment to developing awareness and good practise in
field of domestic violence and abuse Welwyn
Hatfield Women's Refuge can
offer training and information sessions to both statutory and
voluntary organisations or groups. These
sessions can be tailored to suit your needs or be general
agencies are charged for this service - most voluntary agencies
usually make a donation. If you would like to know more about the
training we can offer your organisation please contact us.