Domestic abuse

The Government defines domestic abuse as being “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members – regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: –

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional”

The national and locally enforced lockdowns brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic have led to a worrying rise in domestic violence incidents. It has been reported that many people who are being abused have found it difficult to access support whilst lockdown measures remain in force. It is within this context that the Minister for Business Mr Paul Scully MP has released an open letter to employers asking for help in identifying the signs of domestic violence amongst employees so that support can be offered to those who need it. The Government’s aim is to foster a culture whereby employers are able to identify behaviours in work which could point towards a problem for an employee, and in turn, individuals feel comfortable in raising these issues with management.

Businesses are asked to be proactive in identifying certain behavioural changes in employees which could include changes in work productivity, employees taking numerous personal calls during work hours, being isolated from colleagues, displaying behaviour which is out of character for that person, or appearing in work with injuries which may indicate physical violence.

With appropriate procedures in place, it is envisaged that businesses can become safe places for people who are being abused, as well as being a bridge between local and national domestic violence support organisations.

Our family team are experienced in supporting people who are suffering from domestic abuse. We are able to act quickly to obtain protective orders when necessary, and to offer support to clients every step of the way. We have also built strong relationships with domestic violence organisations which enable us to signpost individuals to counselling or other services, offering a holistic approach to this sensitive issue.

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