Supporting members who may be at risk of domestic abuse

Created on: 17 Apr 2020 | Last modified: 09 Jul 2020

Employers, EIS reps and colleagues should be alert to the fact that for members experiencing domestic abuse, home will be an unsafe workplace, and social distancing measures increases the risk of harm to them.

Union reps and co-workers may have the opportunity to support and signpost members who are vulnerable, but this must be done carefully to avoid putting someone in more danger.

The TUC has developed guidance on how to spot the signs of domestic abuse and support colleagues who might be at risk or who are experiencing it.

It's important that as colleagues working at home, we continue to support one another's health and safety and wellbeing at work as far as we can. By creating channels that enable signalling of and/or dialogue in relation to any health and safety or wellbeing concerns, including those related to domestic violence, we may be able to prevent some of our colleagues coming to serious harm during this period of lockdown.

In Scotland you can contact the Scottish Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline. Online chat is fully operational during this time, if you are worried about yourself or someone you know. 

The National Domestic Abuse Helpline offers 24-hour support on 0808 2000 247.

The Mental Health Foundation offers advice for those who may be at risk of or experiencing different forms of abuse at home. 

The charity Respect offers information and phone support to both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.  The men’s advice line is available on: 0808 801 0327, the general phoneline is available on: 0808 802 4040.

Rape Crisis Scotland is offering phone, email and text support. Rape Crisis, women only helpline is operational 6pm-12am daily on 0808 801 0302.  Rape Crisis, men’s advice line is available on 0808 801 0327. has produced a breifing note for employers on supporting employees at home, particularly around abuse at home.