Hestia Open Domestic Abuse Hotline For Professionals
Domestic abuse charity Hestia, has opened an advice line for businesses supporting employees experiencing or at risk of domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse incidents are said to have escalated as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown, with those in need struggling to find a safe place.
One in four women and one in six men will experience at some point in their lifetime and with 10% of UK victims reporting abuse at work.
The new helpline called Everyone’s Business Advice Line is designed to be a point of contact for businesses, supporting them on how to approach disclosures of domestic abuse by their employees. Advice with regards to signposting staff to the correct specialist services will also be provided.
Victoria Atkins, Minister for Safeguarding,said:
“Domestic abuse affects people in all parts of the economy, and employers can play a crucial role in helping staff who are victims of this appalling crime. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought into focus the need for victims to have as many sources of support as possible. We are proud to be funding Hestia to provide a new employers’ domestic abuse advice line which will help employers support their colleagues at this critical time.”
Employers who are seeking advice can call 07770480437 or email [email protected] between 10am-3pm Monday to Friday for support