Domestic Abuse Policy and Guide for Managers and Staff

The definition of Domestic Violence and Abuse is:

‘threatening, controlling, coercive behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, virtual, physical, verbal, sexual, financial or emotional) inflicted on anyone (irrespective of age, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or any form of disability) by a currentor former intimate partner or family member’


During this COVID-19 pandemic our lives have been drastically altered with home working, social distancing and self-isolation. We know that this can leave those who are at risk or experiencing domestic abuse feel especially isolated, vulnerable, exposed and unsafe at home.  We want to reassure you that if you feel you are at risk of abuse, worried you may commit domestic abuse or are worried about a colleague, advice and support is available.


The Trust's Workplace Policy on Domestic Abuse and Guide for Managers and Staff provide information in relation to addressing concerns and supporting colleagues in circumstances arising from domestic abuse in the workplace.


For advice and support to help with emotional wellbeing call 028 3756 2600.


If you are experiencing or suspect someone else is suffering from Domestic Abuse you can contact the 24 Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline on Tel: 0808 802 1414.


1 Dial 999
2 Listen to the questions from the 999 operator
3 Respond by coughing or tapping the handset if you can
4 If prompted, press 55

This lets the 999 call operator know it’s a genuine emergency and you’ll be put through to the police.

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WOMEN'S AID Armagh Down

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The Belfast Area Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Partnership has been doing some work around safety planning and they have developed a range of safety planning cards for the following scenarios:

In an emergency
Getting ready to leave
After you have left
Online/digital safety

Click on link above or see related Pdf documents below.



The Department of Justice published guidance on domestic abuse in light of COVID-19. This is for those who are affected by domestic abuse, setting out the services that are available for help and support. It may also be helpful to those who are concerned about someone else (such as a friend, family member or a neighbour) that may be suffering from domestic abuse. Those affected by domestic abuse are not alone, support is available. Click Here


BOOTS PHARMACY CONSULTATION ROOMS become safe spaces for victims of domestic abuse

Victims of domestic abuse are able to access safe spaces at Boots pharmacy consultation rooms across the country, where they can contact specialist domestic abuse services for support and advice. The scheme is in response to the desperate situation facing many victims who are isolating with perpetrators during lockdown.  Click here for more information ...



If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need immediate help, ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy. ‘ANI’ stands for Action Needed Immediately but also phonetically sounds like the name Annie. If a pharmacy has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display, it means they’re ready to help. They will offer you a private space, provide a phone and ask if you need support from the police or other domestic abuse support services.

You will a poster displayed in pharmacies to signal that they are taking part.

Information on the support available to victims of domestic abuse, including the codeword scheme, is available at


Click here to watch real life story of domestic abuse survivor and steps taken to support her at work.


For further information see documents attached below or go to the following websites:

Information and help on domestic violence and abuse can be accessed on the nidirect website -
Iinformation and help on sexual violence and abuse can be acessed on the nidirect website -