H9. Domestic Violence
21 November, 2013
Submitted: 28 February, 2014
Domestic violence is a dreadful form of abuse – and is not acceptable within our society. The Home Office is committed to supporting those colleagues who are victims of domestic violence and abuse, or who may be worried about their colleagues, and has a commitment to create a supportive environment to encourage those experiencing abuse to seek help, information and advice-this is demonstrated by our becoming a signatory to the Domestic Violence Health at Work pledge.
In order to deliver the Pledge, the Home Office will undertake the following activity:
• Hold a Violence Against Women and Girls awareness week where we will highlight the different forms of violence against women and girls and the support that is available to staff who are victims or who are worried about their colleagues. This event will be used to raise awareness of the Pledge and the corporate support available to victims of domestic violence and abuse.
• Publish articles in Home Office publications to highlight that we have signed the Pledge to raise awareness of the support available to colleagues.
• Compile factsheets/leaflets on what behaviours constitute domestic violence and abuse and distribute them to colleagues for use in team meetings so that colleagues are aware of what domestic violence and abuse is and how to access help and support. .
Monitoring our progress:
• Last year we ran an internal staff survey to ascertain staff awareness of what constitutes domestic violence and abuse and the corporate support available. We plan to re-run this survey to monitor the effectiveness of our awareness-raising activity and to identify what more can be done.