Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) is committed to supporting employees who are experiencing domestic abuse and providing guidance for employees and management to address the occurrence of domestic abuse and its effects on the workplace. The Trust can support staff through a number of mechanisms, including emotional support and making reasonable adjustments to working patterns, working environments and offering practical support to support safety within the workplace.

The Government define domestic abuse per the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 as:

The UK government’s definition of domestic violence is ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional.’

The act creates a statutory definition of domestic abuse based on the existing cross-government definition.


Policy Details

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Compiled by: Jane Mitchell / Your Sanctuary
Ratified by: Safeguarding Committee
Date Ratified: December 2023
Date Issued: December 2023
Review Date: December 2026
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Jane Mitchell / Your Sanctuary


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