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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

App to help those affected by domestic abuse

Vodafone Foundation has announced the international expansion of a free app which connects victims of domestic violence and abuse to advice and support.

Domestic violence and abuse: support during COVID-19

Vodafone remains fully committed to supporting individuals and employees affected by domestic violence as reports of abuse rise following the outbreak of COVID-19.

International research shows workplace impacts of domestic abuse

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The technology helping survivors of domestic abuse

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Groundbreaking support for victims of domestic abuse

Downloads

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

Reviewing the impact and progress of our global DVA policy

Toolkit on domestic violence and abuse at work: Recognise, respond, refer

A toolkit for line managers and colleagues to recognise and respond to support employees experiencing domestic violence and abuse

Vodafone’s Domestic Violence and Abuse Policy Guide: A Briefing for Business

A guide to help other organisations implement their own Domestic Violence and Abuse policy

Podcasts

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

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

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.