A talk by Dr Pam Lowe
Wednesday 25 November
1 - 2pm in MB568
Domestic Violence refers to abuse within all kinds of intimate or family type relationships. Such abuse can be physical, sexual, psychological or emotional abuse which is actual, attempted or threatened.
Aston University is launching a Domestic Violence Policy to support staff and students who experience this sort of abuse. Dr Pam Lowe’s seminar will explore the reasons why we should consider this an important issue in the work place.
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Traditionally, domestic violence has been seen as a ‘private’ matter a ‘domestic’ dispute which was only considered to impact those had directly involved. This was never the case, and is now being increasingly recognised as an issue for wider society.
Domestic violence has the most impact, of course, on the people who live with it day after day. These are mainly but not exclusively women. However, those that know and work alongside them will also feel an impact. Domestic violence, unsurprisingly, has a significant impact on rates of sickness absence and performance at work. Consequently, colleagues may have to cover for absence or poor performance. In the worse case scenario this can lead to disciplinary action and/or dismissal, adding to the problems of the victim.
Yet, in many cases being at work is the safest place to be. A supportive workplace can ensure that routes to safety are achievable. From publicising organisations that can help, shielding a worker from phone calls from the perpetrator, or ensuring financial independence, workplaces can have a positive impact on victim’s lives. This not only benefits the victims themselves, but can save employers the strains and financial costs of less productive workers.
Words by Pam Lowe and Kate Parsons