Chris Elmore MP encourages businesses to join the EIDA to combat domestic abuse
Ogmore MP Chris Elmore is encouraging all businesses and employers in his constituency to sign up for membership of the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA).
1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse during their lifetime, and the cost to businesses through absence and lower productivity has been estimated at around £66 billion in England and Wales per year.
By supporting employers to share best practice and policy guidance for supporting those affected, the EIDA hopes to encourage more people experiencing abuse to come forward and for employers to be able to confidently help them.
As well as joining the EIDA (which is free of charge), employers can offer support by encouraging employees to download the Bright Sky App, which can support both those experiencing abuse and those who fear a friend or colleague is experiencing abuse with help and advice.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“During lockdown, a shadow pandemic of domestic abuse has swept the world. It is awful to know that for some people home is not a safe place and that Covid-19 measures have trapped victims at home with their abusers. We must tackle domestic abuse as a society as a matter of urgency.
“We spend so much time with colleagues during our lives and many become friends. It doesn’t seem right that we wouldn’t care about what is happening to them outside of work. Employers must take responsibility for helping to tackle the scourge of domestic abuse.”