MALVERN tech firm Payara Services has become a member of The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA) and is urging other companies do the same.
The business network raises awareness and provides resources for employers to identify and address domestic abuse among their workforce and signpost access to services to help stop perpetrators.
The Covid-19 crisis has led to a sharp rise in domestic abuse cases, making it more important than ever for employers to play their part in taking action.
EIDA works with employers to enable implementation of effective internal policies on domestic abuse, as well as providing awareness and signposting to updated resources.
Payara employees and suppliers are located in 13 countries worldwide and have offices in Madeira, Portugal, as well as Malvern.
The firm is committed to supporting its employees and spreading awareness of the scourge that is domestic abuse, so other employers may also take the required steps in supporting their employees.
Mycah Banks, Internal Engagement Lead of Payara Services, said: “Payara is proud to join EIDA, particularly at a time when pandemic-related restrictions have seen a rise in domestic abuse globally.
“Imagine if every employer made their employees aware of the signs of domestic abuse and how to seek relevant, effective help?
“That sort of wide-scale, societal impact requires proactive dedication from business leaders, and EIDA makes this process both straightforward and polished with their guidance and resources.
“We appreciate that the world is much bigger than any industry, and we are proud for Payara to make a positive social impact by joining EIDA’s network.”
Lorraine O’Brien, CEO of The Employer’s Initiative on Domestic Abuse, added: “We are delighted to welcome the Payara Services team to our network, particularly to expand our network deeper into the IT industry.
“The role of employers in tackling domestic abuse has become even more apparent during the pandemic and ongoing commitment from local employers provides not only support for their own workforce, but adds value to the wider sector aim of stopping domestic abuse in all its forms, once and for all.
“We are encouraging more businesses to get in touch with us about the support we can offer them in implementing measures to protect their staff.”
Through awareness generation, building relationships and the sharing of best practices, Payara Services and EIDA are hoping to support a systematic change to the way domestic abuse is handled.