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H9. Domestic Violence
25 April, 2014
Submitted: 21 May, 2015
Please describe measures you have taken to ensure that an appropriate, safe and sensitive response can be implemented to support your staff in response to experience of stalking, violence or abuse in their lives, which has an effect on people in the workplace.
The issue of domestic abuse on the NHS is twofold, both as an employer of staff that may fall victim to domestic violence and as the service that deals with the physical and mental problems resulting from it. One woman in four and one man in six will suffer domestic abuse in their lifetime. Two women die every week in England and Wales, and one man every fortnight, as a result of domestic violence.
For victims of domestic abuse it is very often the case that the workplace provides the only potential channel of escape from the abuse. The Trust is therefore committed to tackling domestic abuse as and where its effects become apparent in the workplace and to raise awareness amongst staff about these issues.
The Trust has a Domestic abuse support for staff policy and a trust wide service policy to recognise and support patients who are victims of domestic abuse/ violence.
The Trust has an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate (IDVA) who is based in the Emergency department and both staff and patients can be referred to her for support.
The Trust works in partnership with the Cambridgeshire Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence partnership.
As part of the Trust's activities for the national NHS Employers Equality, Diversity and Human Rights week 12-16 May 2014, the Trust promoted the policies with guest speakers from the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Cambridge Women's Aid this event included panel for Q&A with the IDVA and lead consultant in emergency medicine for domestic violence.
In June and December 2014 training sessions on Domestic violence were given by the manager of the Cambridgeshire IDVA service to Occupational health team staff and the Employee relations HR team to help identify and support staff by signposting and promoting the CUH policy.
• For ongoing promotion of the Staff policy and working with Cambridgeshire Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence partnership; the Trust IDVA; and external agencies for future events /talks
• The Trust will use the Cambridgeshire Domestic Abuse and sexual violence partnership laminated official posters in toilets and changing rooms to promote sources of support National Women's helpline and National Men's helpline
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