Solihull Council and NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group have both signed a pledge to show their commitment to the global fight against domestic abuse and violence.
The Public Health Responsibility Deal is designed to encourage employers to recognise the effect that domestic abuse can have on staff and implement policies or procedures that will help increase awareness.
The pledge forms part of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence, aimed at businesses to support them to positively address domestic abuse throughout the workplace.
Spanning across 16 days from 25 November to 10 December, 16 Days explores the various forms of domestic abuse. The intention is to better equip workplaces to acknowledge the signs that indicate domestic abuse may be occurring.
1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are affected by domestic abuse during their adult lives, meaning every workplace up and down the country is touched by this issue.
Cllr Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships, said:
“It’s so important the workplaces provide a supportive environment where individuals that are at risk from, or experiencing, domestic abuse feel they can seek help.
“I fully support this campaign. We must do everything we can to stop domestic abuse.”
Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for NHS Solihull CCG, said:
“Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group has been totally committed to the global fight against domestic violence since our inception three years ago. We have policies in place and ensure staff can spot the signs of a colleague who might be suffering domestic violence or abuse.
“We continue to take this subject very seriously and would urge others to sign the pledge.”
More information about 16 Days of Action can be found here: http://16daysofaction.co.uk/