What You Need To Know

What Is Domestic Violence?

Domestic abuse is a silent epidemic, impacting 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetimes.

The Home Office defines domestic abuse and violence as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Financial
  • Emotional

Domestic Violence In The Workplace

The Facts:

  • More than 20% of women take time off work as a result of domestic violence
  • 2% of women lose their job as a result of domestic violence
  • 75% of people who endure violence are targeted at work
  • Less than 30% of workplaces know how to respond

Domestic violence is about control. Controlling or coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

This may include attempting to make someone dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour

Engaging with the Corporate Alliance

There are many ways for businesses to engage with the Corporate Alliance.

We recommend that we start the journey with a step together – reviewing where you are as a business and look at where you want to get to. This would be done collaboratively and with the cultural and project needs of your business as foundational.

Engaging with the Alliance would give employers access to all blogs, newsletters, accredited training sessions, communication toolkits, legal and health and safety requirements, research papers, sector updates, annual seminars.


Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Milbank is a leading international law firm that has helped shape the legal landscape since its founding in New York in 1866. The Corporate Alliance currently partners with the London team, who joined in June 2011.

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The Corporate Alliance urges more companies to join battle against domestic violence as its cost to economy falls

NHS Trusts serve millions of people each year with their healthcare needs. NHS Employers have been members of the Alliance since 2010 and have worked tirelessly on addressing domestic violence and health and wellbeing issues for their work force.

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Working with the Alliance

I still cannot believe it happened to me. My partner and I had a good relationship, with the average ups and downs. We both had good jobs and were living together.

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Barbara’s Story

Barbara had worked as the Director of HR for one the largest banks in the UK. She had been with the firm for over 10 years and had been responsible for bringing the Corporate Alliance into the firm to address the impact of domestic violence in the workplace.

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