Supporting employees suffering from domestic violence and abuse

Supporting employees suffering from domestic violence and abuse

During the year, Vodafone Foundation commissioned research to assess the impact of domestic violence and abuse on people’s work-life and career. The study surveyed 4,715 women and men in the workplace across nine countries: the UK, Germany, Ireland, Turkey, South Africa, Kenya, India, Italy and Spain. The research found that more than one in three workers had experienced domestic violence and abuse, and 67% of those said that the abuse affected their career progression. Furthermore, 51% felt too ashamed to discuss their abuse at work.

Using these insights, Vodafone designed and introduced a new global HR policy specifically for victims of domestic violence and abuse in all our markets. Employees now have access to support and specialist counselling, as well as up to 10 days’ additional paid ‘safe leave’. The extra safe leave gives them time to manage their situation, which can be used for seeking professional help and counselling, attending police or court appointments, making arrangements to move house and supporting their children. In addition, specialist training is provided for HR managers to help them support employees experiencing domestic violence or abuse.