What you need to know

What is domestic violence

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

It is the power and control of one person over another in an intentional and perpetual manner.  It is behaviour based and destroys people’s lives.  It is escalatory in nature and according to the world health organisation is the leading cause of injury and harm to women worldwide.

Domestic abuse is a silent epidemic, impacting 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetimes.  It often includes sexual violence, stalking, hbv and fgm.

Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Examples of types of behaviour include controlling behaviour, which is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or 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. 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.

The simple facts about domestic violence in the UK are quite staggering: in any one year, more than 20% of employed women take time off work and 2% lose their jobs as a direct result of domestic violence. With 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men affected by it during their adult lives, this issue touches every workplace up and down the country. Some 75% of people who endure violence are targeted at work – and less than 30% of workplaces know how to respond.

ComRes Methodology

ComRes Findings

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.

Associate of the Corporate Alliance

This is an entry level opportunity for businesses to join the Campaign! This provides employers with an overview of dv, abuse, stalking and coercive control and how it affects the workplace.

As an Associate businesses receive:

– Self Assessment Quiz
– Weekly blogs
– Monthly newsletter
– Invitation to Annual Seminars
– Invitation to Accredited Training
– Logo on Alliance website and Alliance Logo on company website

Package Programmes

Phase 1 – Assessment

The Assessment phase will enable both the Corporate Alliance and the business to see where they are and where they want to go in a collaborative manner. This phase will last up to 3 months and will include:

  • Desk Top Review of Policies, Procedures, Compliance, Wellbeing and Health and Safety procedures
  • Employee Survey
  • Qualitative Interviews
  • Gap Analysis
  • 2 Awareness Sessions
  • Recommendation Paper


The Development Phase is what the Corporate Alliance and the business agree to work on in order to fill the gaps and put robust programmes in place. This phase will last between 1 and 3 years, with the business receiving a dedicated team to support this mission. During the Development Phase, businesses will:

  • Develop policies and protocols & implementation
  • Launch Accredited Training of HR/OH/Stakeholder Staff, which will be on site
  • Develop and implement communication strategies
  • Develop and implement sessions linked to ongoing projects within the business
  • Pilot workplace response and measuring success and rolling out to wider field
  • Develop, sign and implement the domestic abuse public health responsibility deal pledge, reporting annually as to results
  • Develop metrics for measurement

Phase 3 – Being part of the ongoing campaign

This phase is split into two arenas for businesses to engage in:

  • Working towards excellence
  • Maintenance and troubleshooting

Both endeavors will retain dedicated Alliance staff to support employers as the work is embedded.


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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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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