Simpson Millar sponsors key domestic violence event

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To raise awareness of domestic violence and its effects in the UK workplace, Simpson Millar is sponsoring a business breakfast at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 6 September.

Domestic Violence

The event will be hosted by the Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Violence (CAADV), a group of large companies which co-operatively supports victims and encourages abusers to seek help.

Representatives from universities, charities and major Leeds businesses will hear Emma Pearmaine, Simpson Millar's Head of Family Law, give a 20-minute presentation on key legal aspects of domestic violence.

Among other topics, Emma's address will highlight how victims often avoid telling their employers they have suffered for fear of being treated differently at work.

"This means the sufferer does not get the support needed to break out of the cycle of domestic violence," Emma said. "Strong domestic violence policies in the workplace provide protection, empowerment and reassurance to employees at a time when they most need it."

Pointing out that crimes of domestic violence are estimated to cost the UK economy almost £2bn a year, Emma added: "By signing up to CAADV, employers could make a massive difference to those people affected, while strengthening their workforces and businesses."

The CAADV breakfast coincides with the launch of the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme – 'Clare's Law' – which will allow police to disclose information on whether a partner has a history of domestic violence.

Clare's Law was piloted through the legislative process by CAADV's founder Baroness Scotland, a QC and former Attorney General. Lady Scotland, who vigorously champions victims of domestic violence, will also attend the breakfast.

The event will be covered by Sky News, and a feature article will appear in the Yorkshire Post next week.

More info can be found here: http://events.linkedin.com/impact-of-domestic-violence-1070816


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