Breaking the taboo on abuse starts with a conversation.
In the EU, around 43% of women have experienced domestic abuse at least once in their lifetime. This means that nearly all of us will know know somebody affected.
The damage is not often visible. Domestic violence often has long term impacts on the mental health of victims, impeding the ability of many to maintain stable relationships and build a lasting career.
School students in a class with a child who has a victimised parent achieve lower grades. Colleagues report being attacked by perpetrators when they intervene in abuse that spills over in to the workplace.
Our work covers everything from how to approach a potential victim with care and sensitivity, to services you can refer them onto for further support, to designing an official “domestic abuse policy” for your workplace – whether remote or in-person.
People in work often spend more time with their colleagues than their friends or even family. That means colleagues are in a unique position to identify and support victims of abuse - especially because although their abuser might be part of the same circles in their personal life, it is likely that they are separated from them in their professional life.
We equip participants with the tools to recognise and respond to the warning signs of abuse; and upon completion, attendees will receive our Domestic Abuse Awareness Champion (DVAC) certificate. The training is designed to encourage active participation and dialogue.
We provide training to workplaces on how to design counter domestic violence policies for the workplace. These provide victims with the structural support they need to feel safe coming forward without worrying that it will harm their prospects at work.
We run 40-minute domestic abuse awareness webinars for all staff. They take place after training sessions and/or policy advisory work to support workplaces in informing their staff about the improvements they have made.
We have run several nationally representative surveys of the general populace, abuse victims, and HR staff and managers, and conducted a policy comparison of existing workplace practices towards abuse in different countries around the world.
We have a paid panel of survivors who regularly feed into our work, ensuring that our course content is informed by survivors’ lived experience on what solutions are the most effective
We have a paid panel of experts who feedback into the structure of the programme. Our expert panel ranges from an education expert in the counter domestic violence space, to senior refuge staff who work closely with existing victims of abuse and family lawyers.
Oxford doctoral researcher in education having previously led a gender-based violence education initiative in schools
Public policy analyst with 14 years of experience, primarily focused on public health and countering community violence
Data analyst with a background in cultural studies who previously worked for the German Federal government
Policy consultant with a focus on digital innovation and experience in social start up business development
Programme Director, Deutsche Welle EU
Assistant Professor, MIT Sloan
Founder and Philanthropist
Business Correspondent, Bloomberg
Domestic Abuse Programme Lead, Apolitical
Senior Adviser, EU Parliament
Vice Chair, UN Women DE
Business Correspondent, Reuters