Domestic violence–a management challenge: how trade unions can help

Wibberley, Gemma orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7827-8227, Jones, Carol, Bennett, AJW and Hollinrake, Alison (2016) Domestic violence–a management challenge: how trade unions can help. In: Overcoming Challenges to Gender Equality in the Workplace. The Principles for Responsible Management Education Series . Routledge, Saltaire, UK, pp. 124-138. ISBN 9781783535460

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Domestic violence is a key workplace gender equality issue. Although domestic violence affects everyone, it is predominantly women who are the victims and who suffer from the most severe abuse. This chapter focuses on female employees in the United Kingdom. While rarely acknowledged in UK literature or practice, domestic violence can also affect women at work. It can hamper their performance, attendance and career development. Furthermore, perpetrators can continue the abuse at the workplace. Conversely the workplace can be a haven from domestic violence, offering support and resources. Yet far too often employers lack the capacity and capability to handle domestic violence, resulting in many victims losing their job. Our research explored the role played by trade unions in domestic violence cases, and found that representatives were a source of support for both victims and organizations in helping them better handle domestic violence in the workplace.

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