Southport businesses are being urged to do more to help staff who are victims of domestic abuse.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has launched the Merseyside Domestic Abuse Workplace scheme in partnership with the region’s Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram.
The initiative has been set-up to give employers the tools, resources and training to respond when a member of staff is at risk of domestic abuse.
This includes helping employers to provide a safe space where staff affected by domestic abuse can talk confidentially, via a network of trained volunteer ‘Champions,’ who will ensure vulnerable colleagues are signposted to support when they need it most.
Businesses that sign up to the initiative will have designated members of staff who volunteer to become ‘Workplace Champions’ helping to spot the signs of possible abuse and providing advice, offer support and ensure victims are directed to outreach workers or specialist support where needed.