16 Days of action against domestic violence – The campaign

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence is aimed at businesses to support them to take action against domestic abuse and violence.  Employers have a legal obligation to assess dynamic risk and support the health and safety and wellness of their employees. Companies can do more to aid their employees who endure domestic violence, to train those who witness it, and to protect staff as a whole, with the goal of securing safety and mitigating financial loss. Spanning across 16 days from 25th November to 10th December, a theme will be identified each day to explore the various forms of domestic violence. In doing so, the workplace will be better equipped to acknowledge the signs that indicate it may be going on.

History

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence stems from the original movement, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The movement was first begun at the Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, an event sponsored by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership.

Since 1991, 5,167 groups in 187 countries have contributed to promoting and supporting these 16 Days. Large organisations such as the world-renowned Amnesty International and World Health Organisation support and celebrate the 16 Days, as well as far more local, grassroots projects.

Each organisation approaches the 16 Days differently, some, such as the World Health Organisation, promote 16 facts regarding domestic violence in order to educate the public on an under-reported and misunderstood violation of human rights.

Schools around the world have dedicated time and manpower to this movement as well, as demonstrated by institutions such as Rutgers, who have been extremely active and outspoken, generating their own toolkit on how to approach domestic violence, and much more.

Public sector work by the above organisations, and hundreds of others are exemplary and indicate that people are dedicated to making the general public understand the impact of domestic violence on society, through blogging, community projects, tweeting, and putting on exhibitions.

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence has taken the model of the original movement, and tailored it to businesses and has centred on the impact that domestic violence has on the workplace. The movement was not initiated by the Corporate Alliance, rather it has built upon over two decades of fantastic work to focus on the workplace, and eradicating the impact of abuse on business.

Why the 16 days?

The decision to make the event span from 25 November to 10 December was deliberate as to include three other major events: International Human Rights Defenders Day (29 November), World Aids Day (1 December) and the anniversary of the Montreal École Polytechnique Massacre (6 December). This is to highlight the connection between human rights and violence against women.

The below are themes that some organisations have chosen to consider over the 16 Days

- What is domestic violence – How does it impact the workplace?
- How do I get Senior buy in?
- Violence Against Women
- Impact on Children
LGBT & DV
Bystander to DV
Mental Health & DV
- Depression & DV in the workplace
- Men who endure violence
Perpetrators
FGM
Honour Based Violence
Stalking and Harassment
Coercive Control/Emotional abuse
Elder Abuse
Financial Control

25
of women are affected by domestic violence during their adult lifetimes
16
of men are affected by domestic violence during their adult lifetimes
58
of abused women miss at least three days of work a month
33
of all domestic violence homicides happened on workplace grounds
56
of abused women arrive late for work at least five times
5
of men in England and Wales experienced DV in the last year alone
7
of women in England and Wales experienced DV in the last year alone
2
Billion pounds is the annually costs of DV and Abuse to businesses
What legal responsibilities do employers have regarding domestic violence?

What legal responsibilities do employers have regarding domestic violence?

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