Crawford launches Domestic Abuse Support Program for employees in the UK
Crawford has launched a Domestic Abuse Support Program and the introduction of a Domestic Abuse Policy for the UK and Ireland.
There is growing evidence that one of the impacts of the lockdowns introduced to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has been an increase in instances of domestic abuse. Statistics produced by the Office of National Statistics in the UK show that in the year ending March 2021, the police reported 1,459,663 domestic abuse-related incidents and crimes in England and Wales. 845,734 of these cases were recorded as domestic abuse-related crimes, a year-on-year increase of six percent.
Crawford recognizes that its employees will be amongst those affected by domestic abuse. The introduction of the Domestic Abuse Support Program and related Policy is designed to offer support to those impacted by such incidents through the provision of a range of services including counselling and financial help for legal support.