With more people than ever affected by domestic abuse, Paycare Wellbeing is set to shine a light on the support employers can offer through a free online session.

Domestic abuse can have a major impact on not only an employee’s mental health but also their workplace wellbeing. Reports state that as well as affecting the safety of the victim, domestic abuse may also affect the safety of other employees with over 90 percent reporting that the abuse had caused conflict and tension with co-workers1. On Tuesday 16th November at 10am, Wellbeing Manager Kerry B Mitchell will be sharing insights on how to recognise early signs and how best to support those affected, alongside a guest speaker from domestic abuse specialist organisation The Haven Wolverhampton.

Kerry will be exploring just how widespread the impact of domestic abuse can be, affecting not only home life but work life too – as well as how an increased awareness within the workplace can have significant positive impact on productivity, presenteeism and absenteeism.

She said: “Mental ill health is sadly very prevalent and with the rise of domestic abuse situations it’s imperative that managers and team leaders understand how this may impact their workforce, how to start potentially difficult conversations, and what support is available which they can signpost their staff towards.”

Kerry will be joined by Tracey Secker, Enterprise Manager for The Haven Wolverhampton – an organisation which supports domestic abuse victims and survivors through refuges, community work and specialist programmes. Paycare Wellbeing is affiliated with Health Cash Plan provider Paycare, which has a long-standing relationship with The Haven Wolverhampton, having sponsored the live chat facility on their website and made various funding and resource donations over the last few years.

Sharing details of her work across the Black Country and beyond, Tracey will discuss some of the worrying statistics around domestic abuse and how to increase awareness of early signs and symptoms of abuse.  She will also explain how to implement a domestic abuse policy and why exactly this is so important.

Tracey says: “Sadly around 53% of people who have mental health problems have experienced domestic abuse. This important e-clinic will support companies looking at their policy, how Domestic Abuse Workplace Champions can support Mental Health First Aiders and Safeguarding Officers and how organisations can show they are a zero-tolerance company when it comes to domestic abuse”

Harriet Ernstsons-Evans
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