Speakers at the conference on 29 November in central London will include Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People (CDP); Dame Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner; and Helen Lamprell, External Affairs Director and General Counsel, Vodafone UK.
At the conference, organised by the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse, conference attendees will also hear from Ipsos MORI, which will reveal new research on domestic abuse showing the scale of the issue.
Leading employers will discuss practical steps they are taking and two people who have experienced domestic abuse and benefited from support offered through the workplace will share their stories.
Other speakers will include scriptwriters and actors, including Oliver Kent, Head of Continuing Drama Series, BBC Studios, who will discuss the dramatisation of domestic abuse; and David Ames, best known as Dominic Copeland in the medical drama Holby City.
Launched in November 2016, The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse has already attracted more than 170 members, including Bank of America, Chelsea FC, CBI, EY, GWR, Handpicked Hotels, HM Army, House of Commons, IoD, Lloyd’s Bank, Lloyds of London, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. A full list of members can be found here.
Member organisations come together to exchange information about best practice, and to encourage, promote and develop action to help staff who are enduring domestic abuse, or who are perpetrators. Network meetings are once a quarter at a central London venue on topics suggested by member employers.
EIDA is led by Elizabeth Filkin CBE, and builds on her work as the chairwoman of the steering committee for the Vodafone Foundation’s TecSOS project, which has helped support more than 13,000 people affected by domestic violence in the UK. The House of Commons was one of the first employers to join EIDA.
“One in four women, and one in six men, will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime – ranging from coercive control to murder,” says Filkin. “Any employer will have some people who have faced or are facing domestic abuse, either as victims, witnesses or perpetrators. Many employers find that domestic abuse reduces performance at work, increases absenteeism and may lead to mental illness.
“When employers demonstrate that they are aware of domestic abuse, and make staff aware of the services that are available, this can help to reduce the wall of silence about domestic abuse that prevents many from seeking help.
“Many employers’ leaders are already taking action in their organisations, for example: developing policies on domestic abuse; raising awareness among employees; training senior staff, managers and ambassadors on how to identify those who may need help; sharing best practice with other employers; and offering direct help to staff or signposting them to where it can be found.”
Employers with any questions about the initiative, or who would like to join, should fill in the form at https://eida.org.uk/contact/.
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About the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse
The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse is a network of more than 170 companies and public sector organisations which have come together, to exchange information about best practice, and to encourage, promote and develop action to help staff who are enduring domestic abuse, or who are perpetrators. We hold Network meetings once a quarter at a central London venue on topics suggested by member employers.
About Vodafone Foundation
The Vodafone Foundation invests in the communities in which Vodafone operates and is at the centre of a network of global and local social investment programmes. The Vodafone Foundation’s Connecting for Good programme combines Vodafone’s charitable giving and technology to make a difference in the world. The Vodafone Foundation is a UK registered charity, registered charity number 10989625. For more than six years, the Vodafone Foundation has been investing funds through their TecSOS project to use connectivity to help support those affected by domestic abuse in the UK and across Europe. TecSOS provides users with enhanced access to the emergency services and has been used by more than 60,000 people to date. As part of their broader work in this area, the Vodafone Foundation is supporting the event and Ipsos MORI study.
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