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    Domestic Abuse Training & Resources
    for HR teams

    HR Toolkit 1

    How NCDV helps employers

    Domestic abuse not only affects the personal lives of employees but also impacts workplace productivity and morale. By equipping your HR team with the right knowledge and tools, you can create a supportive and safe environment for all employees. Our specialised training packages are designed to help your organisation recognise, address, and mitigate the effects of domestic abuse, ensuring a healthier, more productive workplace.

    The Benefits

    Invest in our training packages to create a safer, more supportive work environment for everyone.

    Expert-led sessions

    Learn from experienced professionals who specialise in domestic abuse intervention.

    Tailored Programs

    Customised training to meet the unique needs of your organisation.

    Practical Tools

    Equip your HR team with actionable strategies and resources to support affected employees.

    Improved Employee Welfare

    Foster a safe and supportive workplace environment, enhancing overall productivity and morale.

    Legal Compliance

    Ensure your organisation understands and meets legal obligations related to domestic abuse in the workplace.

    Ongoing Support

    Access to qualified staff for advice and guidance whenever needed, ensuring continuous improvement and support.

    What Our Training Includes:

    Domestic Abuse Awareness

    Understanding prevalence and effects.

    Workplace Impact

    Exploring how domestic abuse affects the workplace.

    Handling Disclosures & Abusers

    Effective response strategies.

    Role of NCDV & Civil Protection Orders

    How NCDV can assist.

    Service Signposting

    Guidance on additional resources.

    Risk Management

    Assessing and managing risks to employees, public, and business.

    Employer Responsibilities

    Safeguarding, moral, and legal duties.

    Policy Development

    Creating internal policies and procedures.

    Cultural Development

    Fostering a positive workplace culture regarding domestic abuse.

    How it works

    Our training is designed for HR staff and managers across all sectors

    Training for HR or Managers

    Includes advice from qualified staff.

    Policy Template

    A ready-to-use domestic abuse policy.

    Quarterly Newsletter

    Updates on domestic abuse in the workplace.

    HR Toolkit 2

    Domestic Abuse is an employer’s concern

    The following statistics demonstrate why domestic abuse is an employer issue:

    £66 billion

    ¹The social and economic costs of domestic abuse are estimated to be £66 billion. Around £14 billion is cost to the economy from lost output.


    ² Only 24% of employers have a policy or structured support in place.


    ³ 75% of women experiencing domestic abuse are targeted at work. Other colleagues can be caught up in these scenarios.
    Victims often flee to an undisclosed address, so the workplace is the one reliable place a perpetrator can find them.
    Domestic abuse in the workplace is a Health & Safety concern. Disturbances and threats can harm productivity and reputation, as well as put employees at risk.

    Appropriately responding to domestic abuse in the workplace is likely to improve unplanned absences, improve productivity, increase employee relationships, and reduce risk to the organisation.

    1Home Office (2019) The Economic and Social Costs of Domestic Abuse

    2EHRC and CIPD (2020) Managing and Supporting Employees Experiencing Domestic Abuse

    3Equality and Human Rights Commission Domestic Abuse: Workplace polices and managing and supporting employees

    Enquire Today

    Investing in domestic abuse training for your HR team is crucial for creating a supportive workplace. Fill out the form to learn more about our training packages, schedule a consultation, or ask any questions. Our team is here to assist you every step of the way.

    NCDV HR Toolkit

    By Fiona Bawden, Times Online (8th May 2007)

    “Steve Connor, a student at City Law School, is a man on a mission. Six years ago he was a fairly directionless 27-year-old. Today, as well as taking the Bar Vocational Course, he is chairman of the National Centre for Domestic Violence, a ground-breaking organisation that he dragged into existence after a friend could not get legal help to protect her from an abusive partner.

    Connor’s route to the Bar has been circuitous. In 2001 he returned from a year in Australia (he says that he would not dignify describing it as a gap year), and took a job as a process server in South London. The job (“I just saw it advertised in the paper”) was not quite as dull as it sounds. On one occasion he was threatened with a machete, on another, he was nearly stabbed by a man he had arranged to meet on Clapham Common to serve with a non-molestation order: “He’d seemed really friendly on the phone…”

    The turning point in his life came when a friend, who was being abused by her partner, turned to him for support. Connor went with her to the police. She did not want to press criminal charges so the police suggested that she visit a solicitor to take out a civil injunction. “We must have seen 12 solicitors in a morning. We just went from one to the next to the next to the next. Everyone was very eager to help until we sat down to fill in the forms for the legal aid means test,” he says. The woman, who had a small child, did not qualify for public funding. But, Connor says, her financial situation as it appeared on paper did not bear any relation to her financial situation in reality. “She had a part-time job and she and her partner owned their home. Yet she didn’t have any money. Her boyfriend was very controlling and controlled all the money; he kept the chequebooks and didn’t let her have access to the bank account.”

    The injustice of the situation got under Connor’s skin. “I just couldn’t believe that there was no help available to people who did not qualify for public funds but could not afford to pay.

    I just kept feeling that this must be able to be sorted if only someone would address it.”That “someone” turned out to be him.

    In 2002, thanks entirely to Connor’s doggedness, the London Centre for Domestic Violence was formed. It started out with him and a friend, but is now a national organisation, covering 27 counties, and has helped approximately 10,000 victims last year to take out injunctions against their partners.

    NCDV now has nine full-time staff, 12 permanent volunteers and has trained over 5000 law and other students as McKenzie Friends to accompany unrepresented victims into court. We have also trained over 8000 police officers in civil remedies available regarding domestic violence. The National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) has branches in London, Guildford and Manchester and is on track to have branches in 16 areas within the next two years.

    NCDV specialises exclusively in domestic violence work and could be characterised as a cross between McDonald’s and Claims Direct. The high degree of specialisation means that its processes are streamlined: clients can be seen quickly and the work is done speedily and cheaply. “Sometimes, we will have one of our trained McKenzie Friends at a court doing 10 applications in one day,” Connor says.

    Clients are not charged for the service. NCDV staff take an initial statement: clients who qualify for legal aid are referred to a local firm; those that don’t get free help from the centre itself. It runs on a shoestring, heavily reliant on volunteers and capping staff salaries at £18,000 a year.

    Steve expects to qualify as a barrister this summer and hopes that having a formal legal qualification will give the centre added clout. “We are already acknowledged as experts and consulted at a high level, so I thought it would be helpful if I could back that up by being able to say I’m a barrister,” he says. He is just about to complete a one-year full-time BVC course at the City Law School (formerly the Inns of Court Law School) and, all being well, should be called to the Bar in July. Although Connor sees his long-term future as a barrister, he says that he has no immediate plans to practise. “I want to get NCDV running on a fully national level. Then I may take a step back and have a career at the Bar.”