On the 24th November Lancashire Constabulary hosted a free event for businesses located across the county to raise awareness amongst employers as to how domestic abuse can impact upon employees. The session, held at the Waitrose Distribution Centre in Leyland, saw advice being given not only by the Police, but also parents who have lost their daughters at the hands of abusive partners.

Over 1.2 million women were estimated to have experienced domestic violence in England and Wales in 2012 with a shocking average of two women per week being killed by their perpetrators. The average woman is assaulted 35 times before she will make her first call to the police. Men can equally be victims of domestic violence where 1 in 6 men are suffering.

Lancashire Constabulary alone deals with around 30,000 domestic abuse incidents and 10,000 domestic abuse crimes every year.

In an interview with radio station The Bee, Detective Superintendent Sue Cawley commented that “Over 30 million people work in this country. It is a sobering fact that there will be people in your workplace who are affected by domestic abuse. Many people will have performance, absenteeism and stress related issues – none of which are their fault, but has a real financial implication for businesses.”

Clearly domestic abuse is still prevalent not just in Lancashire but throughout the UK. Businesses of course have a duty to ensure the safety of their employees and by educating employers it is clear that Lancashire Constabulary aim to help victims seek support and protection before it is too late.

If you are suffering domestic abuse, or know of someone who is, Farleys have a dedicated team of Family lawyers who are discreet, understanding and supportive in your time of need. We are able to advise you as to the protective measures available to prevent further domestic abuse. We work in partnership with the Women’s Centre in Accrington who can offer other support services to victims.

If you wish to discuss your situation confidentially and receive advice from one of our domestic abuse lawyers please call us on 0333 331 4187.

If your case is urgent, we can also be contacted on our emergency line out of office hours on 01254 25552.