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23 Nov, 2014

UK employers told to look out for the signs of domestic violence – The Independent

In the advice from the Government’s health agency, managers will be asked to spot sudden shifts in behaviour, or changes to clothing and appearance which may disguise bruising, and are to be encouraged to approach staff sensitively and offer help.

One in four women and one in six men experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, which can include physical, verbal, emotional and financial abuse. More than half of abused women miss at least three days of work a month, while in any one year 2 per cent of employees in the UK lose their jobs as a direct result of domestic violence.

The new guidance by PHE stresses to managers that it is part of their job to spot people who are being abused. The advice is published as part of a campaign, 16 Days of Action, launched next week to highlight the responsibilities that employers have to protect their staff.

Read the rest: Employers told to look out for the signs of domestic violence or ‘they could be held liable’ – Home News – UK – The Independent.