Top Coronation Street storyline coincides with revision of Domestic Violence Policy at North Lincolnshire Council
At the same time domestic violence is being highlighted by the Tyrone and Kirsty storyline in TV's Coronation Street, North Lincolnshire Council is considering a top-level report on the the same topic.
The authority is currently drawing up a revised Domestic Violence Policy to assist any employees who may find themselves in this very unfortunate situation.
Employees of the council who are the victims of domestic abuse should feel able to turn to their manager for guidance.
In the revised report expected to be approved this week, the council recognises that "domestic violence is a widespread problem that may affect our employees as well as our customers."
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The report says: "Every employee who is experiencing, or has experienced, domestic violence can raise this issue, with the knowledge that we will treat the matter sensitively, confidentially and within agreed protocols and procedures.
"We will offer assistance and information to those employees who disclose they are experiencing domestic violence and where their welfare and safety is under threat we will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to provide a safe and supportive workplace."
The council says all its managers must be prepared to respond to direct requests for help from employees and be aware that domestic violence does not only happen in the home and an incident could be carried over to the workplace.
Managers may become aware of a domestic violence situation through monitoring absences or where performance is affected.
"In all cases once the problem has been identified managers should be ready to ensure appropriate help and support is provided and monitor the situation sensitively for any signs of escalation," says the guidance document."
Managers should take a non-judgmental approach.
They should listen, reassure and take seriously what is being disclosed and "be aware that the employee may need time off work to make personal arrangements and seek specialist advice."
The Coronation Street storyline has been used to draw attention to domestic violence with helpline calls increasing as a result.
North Lincolnshire Council's report on domestic violence makes to reference to the TV programme.