Launch a Domestic Abuse Support Group
Is domestic abuse missing from your mental health initiative?
Employee mental health and wellbeing is vital to employee engagement and productivity. Addressing domestic abuse is a key part of this.
- The cost of lost economic output is estimated at £1.8 billion per annum in the UK, with the cost of services (e.g. criminal justice, health, social services, etc.) estimated at £3.8 billion.
- 53% of people affected by domestic abuse are absent from work at least 3 days per month.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime. This includes an estimated 1.3 million women and 600,000 men who experienced abuse last year in the UK.
- Individuals experiencing abuse are four times more likely to experience depression.
- People with disabilities are twice as likely to experience domestic abuse.
- 75% of those experiencing domestic abuse are targeted at work through social media, site visits, phone calls, etc.
This means it’s happening to people in your office, under your watch.
Upskill your employees and improve your company’s capability by launching a domestic abuse support group.
Nicole worked with me to help develop from scratch training sessions which would bring a group of volunteers with varied levels of understanding of domestic abuse to come together as a support group.
Nicole engaged with the project with passion and enthusiasm. She was able to see our vision, she worked with us and brought us together to understand what each of us wanted, where we needed help individually and as a group and what skill gaps needed to be addressed.
I cannot thank Nicole enough for the time she has invested in this project, for her enthusiasm, her passion and sharing her knowledge with us through expert coaching techniques with a huge dash of humanity.
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Greater London Domestic Violence Project. (2008). Sane Responses: good practice guidelines for domestic violence and mental health services.
Friedman, L.N., & Couper, S. (1987). The cost of domestic violence: A preliminary investigation of the financial cost of domestic violence. New York: Victim Services Agency.