It can be difficult to know what to do if it is known or suspected that a relative, friend, neighbour or work colleague is experiencing domestic abuse.
Starting the conversation can be hard but it is important to say something. The concerned person might say that they have seen the person’s bruises and worry that someone is hurting them. They might say that they have noticed the person’s sadness or anxiousness. They can also tell them who to contact should they need to seek further advice and support. Even if at that particular time the affected person does not want to open up, they can be reassured that they can talk to the concerned person at any time.
A campaign by the Welsh Government encourages people to not be a bystander and sets out seven ways in which a concerned person can offer support and safety, including providing practical help; asking if the person is okay; recognising their behaviour; being available; observing; understanding and being reassuring.
If an incident of violence is witnessed, it should be reported immediately. Similarly, concerns about a child or young person should be reported immediately.
There are other ways in which you may be able to help too.
Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse Business Quality Mark
Local businesses and organisations have a part to play in tackling domestic abuse, which costs the UK economy £1.9 billion in lost output every year. It leads to decreased productivity, increased absenteeism and increased employee turnover.
Even with limited resources, business owners can take steps to address the effects of domestic abuse in the workplace. It is often about awareness of the problem and signposting a colleague to local specialist support.
Businesses and organisations are invited to apply for the Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse Quality Mark. Depending on the size of business this will involve undertaking free half-day training provided by Involve North West and Wirral Women & Children’s Aid and meeting a short checklist that seeks to ensure that businesses are equipped to support and signpost victims. Businesses will be provided with literature for their premises and can also opt to sign up to be a ‘Safe Point’ providing a safe place for a victim of domestic abuse to contact a support service online or by telephone. Further information can be found here.
If your business is interested in achieving the Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse Business Quality Mark please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 644 4839 / 07900 687974 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is no charge for a business to meet the Quality Mark.
Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse Community Champions
Community and voluntary groups may come into contact with members of the public who are affected by domestic abuse. This presents an opportunity to signpost victims to help and support that might otherwise be missed. This may be as simple as literature being available in the group’s premises or providing victims with the right information should they confide about issues at home.
Community, voluntary and faith groups are invited to apply to become a Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse Community Champion. They will be given free training provided by Involve North West and Wirral Women & Children’s Aid to enable them help support and signpost victims. Groups will be provided with literature for display and can also opt to sign up to be a ‘Safe Point’ providing a safe place for a victim of domestic abuse to contact a support service online or by telephone.
- See which community, voluntary and faith groups have already taken the step to sign up as a Community Champion.
If your group is interested in becoming a Zero Tolerance to Domestic Abuse Community Champion please contact email@example.com or call 0151 644 4839 / 07900 687974 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is no charge for groups to become a Community Champion.