Domestic abuse is everyone’s business

Domestic abuse currently costs UK business over £2.7 billion a year1 (directly and indirectly) through decreased productivity, absenteeism, workplace errors, legal, medical and police costs and administrative difficulties from unplanned time off, lost wages and sick pay.

The average hidden cost associated with recruiting a new employee is more than £5.0002; introducing an effective Domestic Abuse Workplace Policy and practice will be a good investment to retain skilled and experienced staff.

Here’s how we can help you

  • Offer your organisation training in how to manage a disclosure of domestic abuse in the workplace
  • Provide support to your staff with any fundraising endeavours by raising awareness and spreading the word about Domestic Abuse
  • Help build teams through volunteering days
  • Help build your reputation with staff and stakeholders as a community-focussed business in line with your Corporate Social Responsibility agenda

 Here’s how you can help yourSanctuary


Our work is only limited by our financial constraints. With increased financial support we could do so much more. For instance:

  • £200 could refurbish a bedroom in refuge
  • £300 could buy new art materials for ten children to support their recovery from DA through art therapy
  • £3,000 could refurbish an entire refuge
  • £5,000 could provide new beds and mattresses for both refuges
  • £10,000 could pay a part-time helpline staff member

We also rely heavily on kind donations of goods, helping with the upkeep of the refuges, supporting out helpline service and/or running social events for staff and volunteers.

We welcome your suggestions as to how your business would like to get involved with yourSanctuary.


I was freaking out about coming into refuge.   I was very worried about the sheets and the beds.   You don’t know how much it means to me to find new duvets and bed linen to welcome me.   I’m really relieved.

(Refuge resident)



The Cost of Domestic Violence: Up-date 2009 - researched by Professor Sylvia Walby OBE (Lancaster University)

2According to a study by recruitment consultants Angela Mortimer