NEW DOMESTIC ABUSE GUIDELINES TO
SUPPORT COUNCIL STAFF
Bedford Borough Council has reached out to its
workforce to encourage them to seek support should they be
experiencing, or involved in, domestic abuse.
The Council is also encouraging other
employers to consider the support they provide to staff who have
become involved in domestic abuse.
Bedford Borough Council recognises domestic
abuse as a widespread problem which will be treated as seriously as
any other form of harassment, violence or abuse and has therefore
launched new Domestic Abuse Support Guidelines for
The guidelines are available upon request via
Cllr Sarah-Jayne Holland, Portfolio Holder for
Community and Regulatory Services, at Bedford Borough Council,
said: “Our working environment promotes the principle of supporting
staff experiencing situations like this. It would be reassuring if
even more employers in Bedford Borough joined us in advocating this
The main aims of the Council’s Support
Guidelines are to provide practical steps to support employees
experiencing domestic abuse and for dealing with
perpetrators. By removing fears of stigmatisation, employees
are encouraged to disclose domestic abuse. Roles and
responsibilities within the Council are clarified and a commitment
is made to raise awareness of this topic throughout the
Domestic abuse is defined as any incident or
pattern of incidents of controlling, manipulative or threatening
behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are
or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of
gender or sexuality. This can include, but is not limited to;
psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.
Nationally, domestic abuse represents
approximately 25% of all violent crime. In Bedford Borough
there are on average 44 domestic abuse incidents reported to the
Police each week. Between April 2012 and March 2013 there
were 2439 incidents of domestic abuse in Bedford Borough reported
to Bedfordshire Police.
Bedford Borough Council works with other
agencies to ensure an effective multi-agency approach for
The Council offers support through their
Employee Support Service and a network of trained Bedford Borough
Council Domestic Abuse Champions can provide line managers or
colleagues, who are approached by employees experiencing domestic
abuse, with information on external support services within Bedford
and how to access these.
Alternatively, employees are encouraged to call the
Domestic Abuse National Helpline on 0808
2000 247. In an emergency, dial 999 or for all other
police enquiries call 101.