How does a typical training day with Domestic Abuse Business Support (DABS) work?
Before you embark on any domestic abuse training, you should ensure that you have a robust, up to date, workplace domestic abuse policy and safety plans in place. This will enable you to respond effectively, should a member of staff disclose abuse, during or after training.
Robust domestic abuse polices and safety plans, also help to ensure the safety of other staff members and the workplace as a whole.
The domestic abuse workplace policy document (containing 60+ pages) provided by DABS covers the following topics and is tailored to your organisation.
WHAT IS DOMESTIC ABUSE
THE COSTS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
DOMESTIC ABUSE & MENTAL HEALTH
THE EFFECTS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE
SIGNS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE
EXAMPLES OF ABUSIVE BEHAVIOUR
PREVENTING AND ADDRESSING DOMESTIC ABUSE IN THE WORKPLACE
ESTABLISHING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
DEVELOPING A WORKPLACE EDUCATION PROGRAMME
WORKING WITH AFFECTED EMPLOYEES
INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND EXPERIENCES OF EMPLOYEES
TWO EMPLOYEE SITUATIONS
TALKING TO EMPLOYEES
DEALING WITH FRUSTRATION
TALKING WITH PERPETRATORS
SAFETY VS STIGMA
MODERN DAY SLAVERY
MANAGING UNEXPECTED PRESSURE – COVID19
Get the conversation started and start raising awareness with workplace posters on domestic abuse. These posters should not only raise awareness of domestic abuse but should also underline your companies commitment to supporting staff and exactly how that support will be offered.
STAGE THREE - TRAINING DAY
On the training day, our presentation on domestic abuse usually includes:
Recognise - Respond - Refer.
What is domestic abuse?
Recognising domestic abuse.
How common is domestic abuse?
Am I in an abusive relationship?
Domestic abuse myths.
A survivors story.
We are of course, happy to create a training day that suits the audience, covering any or all of the following subjects:
Employer supporting statement.
A guide for employers.
What is domestic abuse.
The costs of domestic abuse.
The affects of domestic abuse in the workplace.
Signs of domestic abuse.
Examples of abusive behaviour.
Preventing and addressing domestic abuse in the workplace.
Establishing policies and procedures.
Developing a workplace education program.
Working with affected employees.
Individual needs and experiences of employees.
Two employee situations.
Talking to employees.
What not to say.
Dealing with frustration.
Talking to perpetrators.
Safety vs stigma.
The dangers of gendering domestic abuse training.
Gender stereotyping and policing.
Creating police policy that helps to understand and support all victims.
Importantly, this talk is given by people that have experienced domestic abuse first hand, but have now come through their experiences to lead positive, happy lives.
Did you know that 45.8% of abuse victims, described positive things happening, once they started to discuss their abuse?
STAGE FOUR - WE LISTEN.
Active listening is incredibly important. Employees who disclose that they're in an abusive relationship, may be speaking out for the first time, so they should be given immediate support and the opportunity to talk about their situation in a confidential, one on one meeting with trained staff. We do not judge and we do not screen people.
It may be that an employee identifies as a perpetrator of domestic abuse. If so, they are also offered the help and support that they need to try to break the cycle of abuse.
Importantly, even if members of your team don't identify as being sufferers or survivors of domestic abuse, it's important that they learn to recognise the signs. This is because an incredible 90.8% of workers said that their domestic abuse, caused conflict and tension with their co-workers. And even worse than that, 25% of abuse victims co-workers are directly affected and reported being harmed and/or threatened.
We give employees the information and support that sufferers or survivors need, to be able to reach out to organisations that can help and support them on their extended journey. This will depend on their personal situation, gender, sexual orientation, location, ethnic background and customs. Each case of domestic abuse is unique to the individual.
We offer ongoing advice and support to your business and to the staff that identify as sufferers and survivors of domestic abuse. We will provide you with an in depth, "Addressing Domestic Abuse In The Workplace," guide, that tells you all you need to know about creating a robust, workplace domestic abuse policy. We also provide detailed, home and workplace safety plans for staff at risk.
Companies must get specific about how they are going to support staff that disclose that they are suffering from domestic abuse. By this, we mean that it's simply not enough to say that, "we are here to support you." Staff need to know how that support will be offered. Will they get extra days off (paid or unpaid) to see doctors, solicitors, or the police? Will you protect their career progression? Is their job safe? If a person feels truly supported at work, they are more likely to open up and talk about the abuse.
Our commitment to you and your staff will continue for the period agreed.
At DABS, we believe in equal support for ALL victims of domestic abuse in the workplace.
OUR TRAINING DAY PROVIDES:
An in depth, one day, workplace training course on domestic abuse.
Our robust - "domestic abuse in the workplace - a guide for employers" policy document.
Assistance to implement your new domestic abuse policy, or auditing of your old policy.
One on one assistance to staff identifying as sufferers or survivors of domestic abuse.
Home and workplace safety plans for sufferers.
Workplace domestic abuse posters.