Zoom meeting

Speaker: Michelle Walsh, Training & Development Coordinator, Safenet

After welcoming members to the joint meeting of South Cumbria & North Lancashire IOSH Branch and South Cumbria Occupational Health & Safety Group Dave Wilson, Secretary (Zoom meetings) introduced Michelle Walsh, Training & Development Coordinator, Safenet to members.

Michelle explained that Safenet are the lead provider in Lancashire for domestic abuse refuge services. She said that their support staff are trained to help victims of domestic abuse gain access to the right support services. Safenet provides refuge safe houses for women and children, male safe houses, community-based support and specialist refuges for those with additional problems such as addiction or mental illness.

She then defined domestic abuse and stressed that anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse. She said that living with domestic abuse has a serious and life-changing impact on all aspects of life especially health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have led to an increase in domestic abuse, including amongst children who no longer have the safety net of attending school.

Michelle explained how managers can spot signs of domestic abuse in their work colleagues and suggested practical ways that those suffering from abuse can be encouraged to seek the professional help and protection that they need.

Michelle gave members a worthwhile and thought provoking presentation.

A copy of Michelle’s presentation can be found here: 17 July 2020 MW How to spot the signs of domestic abuse and what employers can do to help

A summary of the meeting can be found here: 17 July 2020 How to spot the signs of domestic abuse and what employers can do to help VHK

How employers can spot the signs of domestic abuse in their staff and help sign post employees to find help.