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Behind Closed Doors 2015Would you know the signs? Or what your obligations are?

Behind Closed Doors

HR professionals and senior managers from City businesses gathered at the Mansion House this week (Tuesday 27 October) for the second annual Behind Closed Doors event.

Aimed at highlighting employer’s duty of care to their staff in relation to domestic abuse and stalking, Behind Closed Doors showed how certain types of abuse can escalate and often takes place either within the work place or directly outside it.

The event, which is organised by the City of London Police with support from the Corporation’s Community Safety Team, brought together some outstanding key speakers. These included John and Penny Clough whose daughter Jane was murdered by her ex-partner at her place of work, and Fiona Bowman who spoke about her own experiences as a victim of domestic abuse and the difference her employers made.

Alter Ego performed an applied theatre project called 'Working it out', which looked at the different ways employers respond. It highlighted the positive and negative effects their approach has on people who experience domestic abuse.

Commander Wayne Chance, who outlined the national picture to delegates said: “Domestic abuse and stalking offences are often hidden crimes involving people and communities that are reluctant to come forward for various reasons. Statistics tell us that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime.”

DI Edelle Michaels who was this year’s project lead for Behind Closed Doors said, “I hope this event was an eye opener and has given those who attended the knowledge and tools to help their staff suffering from Domestic Abuse.

“From listening to the key speakers, we know that domestic abuse both ruins lives and ends them, so we must continue to work with City workers bringing this issue into the open.”

The City of London police’s main Twitter account @CityPolice was also used during the event to raise awareness on Domestic Abuse. Several tweets and pictures were sent with many people commenting and re-tweeting using hashtag #BehindClosedDoors.