24hr Domestic Abuse Helplines:Herefordshire & Shropshire: 0800 783 1359Telford & Wrekin: 0800 840 3747Worcestershire: 0800 980 3331
24hr Domestic Abuse Helplines: Herefordshire & Shropshire: 0800 783 1359
Telford & Wrekin: 0800 840 3747
Worcestershire: 0800 980 3331

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Latest Training Events

Domestic Abuse Awareness for Employers – 4th March 2024

This full day training session for employers will explore the impact of domestic abuse in the workplace and how to recognise – and respond to – disclosures.

Run by WMWA’s Training & Participation Officer, Diane Harding, our online training event will help employers understand the dynamics of domestic abuse, the associated impact on victims/survivors, what implications this has within the workplace, how to recognise and respond to disclosures and what support is available.

During the day, interactive sessions will explore the following themes:

  • Different types of domestic abuse
  • Signs of domestic abuse in the workplace and the potential impact on people at work
  • Trauma-informed responses to victims/survivors
  • Self-care and defining boundaries in relation to supporting colleagues who are suffering from abuse
  • Support resources available

Event details

Date: 04/03/2024
Start time: 9:30
Finish time: 16:30
Event type: Online
Cost: £75 per person

Please contact training@wmwa.org.uk to register your interest and book online.

Domestic Abuse: The Hidden Costs To Your Organisation

Did You Know?

In the UK the economic cost of domestic abuse is £1.9 billion per year, and that a significant proportion of this is borne by employers?

  • 55% of abused women arrive late for work at least 5 days per month
  • 53% of women are absent from work for at least 3 days per month
  • 75% of domestic abuse victims are stalked in the workplace – from harassing calls and texts to confrontation, assault and even homicide at work

Increasing Employer Awareness

Domestic abuse impacts the workplace through absenteeism, poor performance, tardiness, lost productivity, turnover and ancillary recruiting and training costs.

Does your organisation have a domestic abuse policy in place?

Many forward-thinking businesses do, including Mid Counties Co-operative, The Body Shop, British Airways, BT and Diageo to name a few. WMWA is focused on increasing employer awareness of domestic abuse and providing practical solutions and toolkits to enable employers to take positive action and to know how to support their workforce so that employees are supported and feel confident in disclosing domestic abuse and seeking support to keep themselves safe.

Understanding Abuse

It is crucial when working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse that practitioners understand the dynamics of abuse, how they affect victims including children and the difficult process of recognition and recovery.
With the expertise acquired through over 30 years of gathering knowledge and experience in the field of domestic violence and abuse, WMWA is able to offer training and consultancy to groups of both single and multi-agency participants, designed to suit the specific learning outcomes required. Our work is directly informed by the experience of women and families, and illustrated with testimonies and case study examples, as appropriate.

Looking for help?

Herefordshire & Shropshire:
Call 0800 783 1359

Telford & Wrekin:
Call 0800 840 3747

Call 0800 980 3331

Contact us via email:

We also have Livechat available from 9am until 5pm, Monday to Friday for those who want to contact our helpline silently or who prefer to text rather than talk.
If you are in immediate danger please call 999

Our Offer Includes:

  • Online information and briefings
  • 2hr face-to-face briefing sessions
  • Half-day training sessions
  • Full-day training sessions

For further information or to book please email  training@wmwa.org.uk