Domestic violence is estimated to cost the UK economy £3bn a year in decreased productivity, absenteeism and effect on co-workers.
In response to the problem, some of the country's top employers, including the NHS, BBC, and the Body Shop have set up a support scheme to fight domestic violence. The Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence offers staff and companies advice and support.
Membership is open to any employer, trade union or representative body in the UK. Whilst members are not required to pay a fee, should the Alliance draw on the resources of the voluntary sector for advice, Alliance members will be encouraged to make a contribution.