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Helping City workplaces in #spottingthesigns of domestic abuse

  • New City of London Police campaign launches to highlight the need for awareness around domestic abuse, especially within workplaces
  • A booklet is being sent to businesses in the City of London to help managers with #spottingthesigns and to signpost guidance for city workers
  • Watch our video to see how spotting the signs of abuse affecting those around you can make a difference


The City of London Police is today (Monday 13 August) launching a booklet for City businesses and workplaces that will help them spot the signs of domestic abuse amongst their staff and help give employees confidence to report anything affecting them they may not be comfortable reporting to their local force.

The booklets have been sent to businesses as part of a digital toolkit which will assist them in creating their own polices to identify domestic abuse or related issues within their workforce and educating them in how to help employees who may be suffering abuse.

Businesses can also show interest in having a member of the City of London Police Public Protection Unit (PPU) contact them about the booklet or about training within their company on our dedicated webpage.


Detective Inspector Anna Rice from the City of London Police Public Protection Unit said:

“Within the City, we may have a small residential population, but this number swells during the day due to the large workforce community. We recognise that workplaces may provide a safe place to report domestic abuse or to talk about issues away from home. As a police service the City of London Police are available to assist City workers, as well as residents with any matters they wish to report or to offer support.”

 “It can be difficult spot the signs of domestic abuse but it can be even more difficult to step in and intervene. We hope that this booklet will provide businesses with the tools to help their employees know what to do if they think one of their colleagues are being abused.

“Here at the City of London Police we are dedicated to protecting from harm those that are vulnerable and our message is clear and simple - no one should live in fear of another person, and we take our responsibility to address this distressing type of behaviour very seriously.”


What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse is a broad term used to describe a range of behaviours, not all of which are violent or even criminal, that takes place within an intimate or family type relationship. Domestic abuse can affect anyone and can include physical assaults, sexually abusive behaviour and emotional, psychological and financial control.


One woman’s story

This video tells the story of one woman who experienced domestic abuse and received help from the City of London Police. She has bravely told her story to help give others the confidence that if they report domestic abuse – to police, their workplace, or a friend, there are people available to help.  It demonstrates how domestic abuse can affect people within their place of work, and how important the support of managers and colleagues can be in empowering those affected to come forward and seek justice. It highlights the support available within the City of London.

Getting help

Contact the City of London Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) to report domestic abuse. You can also contact our support services in the City of London who offer confidential, independent support, information and access to specialist services to anyone who has been affected by domestic abuse - whether they are still in the relationship or not. You can also contact the Vulnerable Victim Advocate on 07944 634946.


About us

The City of London Police Public Protection Unit (PPU) is made up of specially-trained officers, who are able to help, advise and investigate reports of domestic abuse. To speak to an officer call 0207 601 2940 from 8am to 6pm, Monday and Friday. To report a crime or speak to police outside of these hours, please call 101. In emergencies, please call 999.

For more information on support agencies which can assist and provide relevant advice, visit our dedicated domestic abuse webpage, or follow our tweets from @CityPolice with the hashtag #SpottingtheSigns.

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