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Domestic violence and abuse

Over the past ten years, Vodafone Foundation has connected more than one million people affected by domestic abuse to the help and advice they need.

Research commissioned by the Vodafone Foundation and conducted by Opinium in 2019 revealed that more than 1 in 3 (37%) working people surveyed across multiple industries and at varying levels of seniority have experienced domestic abuse. In addition, 67% said that it had affected their career progression.

We recognise our role as a global business to be proactive in making a difference, enabling our employees to fulfil their potential in a safe and supportive environment. In 2019, we launched a new global policy, specifically designed to support those experiencing domestic violence and abuse, and a toolkit to enable managers to help any affected employees to get the support they need.

Cases of domestic violence and abuse have risen by 30% since the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown. This significant rise is being labelled a shadow pandemic.

As part of our additional measures to support colleagues who may be a victim of abuse:

  • recorded two podcast episodes with Dr. Jane Pillinger (global expert on violence and harassment at work): to recap on the support we offer and provide guidance on how to look for signs of abuse, particularly in a remote working environment

  • we refreshed the toolkit on domestic violence and abuse at work: recognise, respond and refer,: a toolkit for line managers and colleagues to recognise and respond to support employees experiencing domestic violence and abuse

News and updates

Downloads

Research report: Workplace Impacts of Domestic Abuse 2021

Research report: Workplace Impacts of Domestic Abuse 2021

One in three (32%) workers say they have experienced domestic abuse from a current or past intimate partner/family member/carer

Vodafone Domestic Abuse Toolkit November 2021

Vodafone Domestic Abuse Toolkit November 2021

Vodafone Foundation invests in the communities in which Vodafone operates, focusing on the challenges where we believe technology can make the biggest difference

Learnings from Vodafone’s Global Policy on Domestic Violence and Abuse

Learnings from Vodafone’s Global Policy on Domestic Violence and Abuse

Reviewing the impact and progress of our global DVA policy

Podcasts

Episode #1

Episode #1

Dr. Jane Pillinger (global expert on violence and harassment at work) and Claudine McMahon (Global Head of Culture & Inclusion) discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the number of domestic violence and abuse cases, their effect on victims and the policy & toolkit Vodafone offers to support

Episode #2

Episode #2

Dr. Jane Pillinger and Claudine McMahon share practices and tools we have to support victims of domestic violence and how we can adapt the Recognise, Respond & Refer model to a remote working environment

Vodafone Foundation’s Apps Against Abuse

Vodafone Foundation’s Apps Against Abuse

For over 10 years, Vodafone Foundation has used technology to connect over one million people affected by domestic violence and abuse to advice, support and education.