Domestic Violence


One in four women and one in six men in the UK will be a victim of domestic violence during their lifetime!

According to research two women a week will be killed by a current or former partner through domestic violence!


What is Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is officially classified as “any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been in a relationship together, or between family members, regardless of gender or sexuality”.

We think of domestic violence as hitting, slapping or beating, but domestic violence can also include emotional abuse as well, such as forced marriage.

Abuse is if your partner or a family member:

  • threatens you
  • shoves or pushes you
  • makes you fear for your physical safety
  • puts you down, or attempts to undermine your self-esteem
  • controls you, for example by stopping you seeing your friends and family
  • is jealous and possessive, such as being suspicious of your friendships and conversations
  • frightens you

How Common is Domestic Violence?

Analysis finding from ten different domestic violence studies has found that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and between 6 – 10 % of women will suffer domestic violence in any given year.

Police will receive through only a minority of incidents of domestic violence 1,300 call each day or over 570,000 each year.  However, according to the British Crime Survey, less than 40% of domestic violence crime is reported to the police (Dodd et al, July 2004; Walby and Allen, 2004; Home Office, 2002).

How to support Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Unionlearn have a variety of resources to help ULRs, and Union Representatives support colleagues.  These range from eNotes, Courses and guides

Domestic Violence And The Workplace, A TUC Report

Domestic Violence a guide for the workplace

EHRC. Domestic abuse in your business – Link  

EHRC / CIPD (2013), Managing and supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse – Link.  

CAADV Website UK. Corporate alliance against domestic violence. – Link




Where can you get Help or advice?

Below is a list of helpline numbers and websites you can get in touch with to get advice or help.

The following handbooks and websites will also offer advice and help.

The Survivor’s Handbook  – This has been created by the charity Women’s Aid is free and provides information on a wide range of issues such as housing, money, helping your children and your legal rights. The handbook is available as a downloadable PDF in 11 languages.

For forced marriage and “honour” crimes, contact Karma Nirvana (0800 5999 247) or The Forced Marriage Unit (020 7008 0151).

Broken Rainbow UK  – provides support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people experiencing domestic violence.

Men of any age can be victims of domestic violence or abuse, in heterosexual or same-sex relationships. Help and support is available from Men’s Advice Line on 0808 801 0327 or Mankind on 01823 334 244.

Anyone who needs confidential help with their own abusive behaviour can contact Respect on their free helpline: 0808 802 4040.



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