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Managing domestic abuse in the workplace


Domestic abuse can impact anyone and can be displayed in many different forms. The most common types of abuse are shown through coercive control, which includes actions of intimidation, degradation, isolation and threats; psychological and emotional abuse; physical or sexual abuse; financial or economic abuse, including not allowing the person to have a bank account or their own money; harassment and stalking; and online or digital abuse.

Key points 

  • Domestic abuse, even when perpetrated solely in the home, can impact people in the workplace.
  • It can affect all genders.
  • Employers are encouraged to pro-actively implement measures to help and support those affected by domestic abuse. 
  • Employers should also refer to any relevant domestic abuse statutory guidance and frameworks, and related materials where appropriate, which may vary across England, Scotland and Wales.