9. Supporting Staff

Hester and Westmarland (2005) suggest mechanisms for support need to be in place for all staff that work with people who disclose domestic abuse. Staff in generic services need to receive information, advice and support via various methods, such as supervision, ongoing reviews and input from specialists. Within generic services this might include establishment of named champions for domestic violence, staff who possess enhanced knowledge and who can support other staff 

Vicarious trauma

Conrad (2011) describes both vicarious trauma and secondary trauma as the stress and personal damage caused by helping or wanting to help a traumatised person.  

Supporting colleagues experiencing domestic abuse

The Safelives document below details support that can be offered to colleagues who you may think are experiencing domestic abuse.  These involve key signs to look out for if a disclosure is not made, as well as possible questions to ask if you think a member of staff may be at risk or subject to domestic abuse.

Further steps to support this can include ensuring that a domestic abuse policy within the workplace is written and implemented by managers and understood by staff, as well as knowledge of where staff members can be signposted to receive further help whilst being supported in the workplace.