Employees at Hestia, a domestic abuse charity in London, will be given 10 days paid leave by the charity if they personally experience domestic abuse. The policy, which is a first within the sector, will allow staff time off to access specialist support, regain stability and begin to recover from their trauma during the working day.

1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. 3 in 4 of those victims of domestic abuse will be targeted whilst at work. Yet 90% of victims never tell their employer and only 5% of businesses have a domestic policy in place for staff to access and seek support from.

The policy follows the recent work of Hestia’s Everyone’s Business programme, funded by the Government’s Tampon Tax to provide some of the UK’s most forward-thinking employers to access to bespoke support for domestic abuse affecting their employees.

Patrick Ryan, Chief Executive at Hestia said:

“Employers have a unique role to play in breaking the silence around domestic abuse and ensuring victims can access the help and support they need. If an employer believes that none of their staff are victims, they need to think again. Hestia is joining a small but growing number of employers who are making this additional support available for their staff. For too long domestic abuse has been nobody’s business and it is time it becomes everyone’s business.”