RSA commit to new Domestic Abuse Policy for employees

As part of the policy, RSA will provide paid leave for employees that need to take time off to deal with issues relating to domestic abuse.

Related topics:  domestic abuse,  policy
Tabitha Lambie | Editorial assistant, Barcadia Media
19th July 2022
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"At RSA we are committed to protecting the health, safety, and wellbeing of all our employees."
- Gemma Jackson, RSA head of diversity and inclusion

Following the implementation of the trans-inclusive policy in March 2022  to support both trans-identified and transitioning employees, RSA has today launched a new Domestic Abuse Policy after recognising that the workplace could be a haven for employees affected by domestic violence.

This policy is designed not only to raise awareness in the workplace of domestic abuse but also to increase the visibility of training and guidance resources for employees and leaders supporting domestic abuse survivors.

The policy has been developed with support and resources from the Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA) and follows the introduction of domestic abuse guidance issued by the insurer in 2021.

Endeavoring to embed the policy in the workplace, RSA has already held Leaders Awareness Training and set up a network of Domestic Abuse Champions. The charity, Women’s Aid, has also provided training to RSA’s Domestic Abuse Champions to help them support the business in signposting guidance and resources for individuals experiencing domestic abuse.

Gemma Jackson, RSA head of diversity and inclusion has said: 

“Our new Domestic Abuse Policy strengthens this commitment by sensitively supporting those affected by domestic abuse. The policy won’t stand still and will be adapted when required to ensure it always remains relevant and meets the needs of employees.

“By caring for victims, educating leaders on the issue of domestic abuse, and signposting support for perpetrators to recognise and seek help for their behaviour, we hope this policy will have a positive impact on the collective lives of our workforce.”

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