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March 31, 2021

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Domestic abuse advice seminar

The Women in Health & Safety Network is hosting, ‘A pandemic within a pandemic’, a panel discussion on domestic abuse.

The COVID-19 pandemic and need to stay at home has resulted in a dramatic increase in domestic abuse, particularly against women.

Statistics from before the pandemic show that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime; 56% of employers say that domestic abuse leads to absenteeism and 54% to a reduction in quality of work. Yet each year less than one person on average discloses domestic abuse to their employer.

As employers and colleagues we all provide a critical avenue for victims of domestic abuse to reach out to access support and expertise and this session is designed to provide practical advice on what we can all do to break the silence around domestic abuse.

Date: Wednesday 21 April, 2021
Time: 15:00 – 16:00 GMT

The event is free to attend and open to all.

The session will cover:

  • How we can break the wall of silence and start the conversation around domestic abuse;
  • Practical advice on what a good domestic abuse policy looks like, how to raise awareness, what works and how training can help;
  • How to respond when a disclosure is made;
  • Signposting to organisations and resources, which provide advice and support to those suffering from abuse.

The session will also include reflections and the experiences of a domestic abuse survivor.

The panel:

Amy SadroAmy Sadro, Principal Associate at Eversheds Sutherland, Chair

Amy is a regulatory solicitor specialising in health, safety and wellbeing. She advises a broad range of clients on their health and safety obligations and wellbeing strategies. She leads on events for the Women in Health and Safety network and is also the Vice Secretary of the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association.




Tahani SaridarTahani Saridar, Board Director, Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA)

Tahani is a Board Director at EIDA and has actively shaped the growth of the organisation since its inception in 2018. With a career that spans the health and non-profit sectors, Tahani has championed, developed, and implemented outcomes-led programmes that deliver improved health and social care for at-risk individuals facing issues related to domestic abuse, mental health, inequality, and the criminal justice system.




Sarah HaywoodSarah Haywood, Learning and Development Partner (Infrastructure), Morgan Sindall

Sarah has worked in Learning & Development for over 15 years in both Retail and Construction/ Infrastructure industry. Over the last year, she has been leading in the development of how Morgan Sindall can support its people who may be victims or survivors of Domestic Abuse. Sarah will share what they have learnt with the support of EIDA and Hestia and talk about the foundation Morgan Sindall has created to encourage those suffering or who have suffered to reach out for help.



Sharon LivermoreSharon Livermore, domestic abuse survivor and Founder & CEO, Kameo Recruitment

Sharon is a survivor of domestic abuse and will share the impact this has on work life, along with the difference an employer can make. Sharon works closely with EIDA for whom she is an Ambassador and set up Kameo Recruitment in 2018 to not only recruit but to use as a platform to raise awareness of domestic abuse and educate the business sector. Most recently, Sharon, along with HR Dept, EIDA and the DA Alliance have created Sharon’s Policy; a free of charge Domestic Abuse Policy template which all businesses can use as a starting point to take a stand against domestic abuse.


Don’t miss: The next Women in Health & Safety informal coffee catch-up, designed to discuss opportunities for mentors and mentees, takes place on Monday 12 April at 13:00.

Click here for more about the Women in Health & Safety Network.


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Listen to Heather Beach, Chair of the Women in Health and Safety Network in the UK, discuss how the pandemic has affected the network, it’s plans for 2021 and how you can get involved. Plus, learn about the new International Women in Safety Coalition. If you want to jump directly to the interview with Heather, scroll to 27:34 in the media player below.

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