We've come a long way

Much has been done to break taboos about physical and mental health in the workplace. These days we all understand how important it is that people feel able to ask for the support they need in order to work at their best. 

As wellbeing in the workplace grows in sophistication, we continue to be faced with previously unrecognised parts of this terrain. 

We have further to go

A large population remain unsupported with some of life's hardest challenges

52%

Women experience sexual harassment in the workplace

Everyday, millions of people who grew up in violent homes, were sexually abused in childhood, or have experienced sexual or relationship abuse in adulthood join their colleagues at work.

 

Despite the fact that these topics are regularly discussed in the media and can have a significant impact on people's lives they are rarely given meaningful attention or resource as part of wellbeing in the workplace. 

 

This leaves large numbers of people unsupported with some of life's hardest challenges.  

6%

Adults affected by domestic violence in the last year

2%

Adults affected by sexual assault in the last year

20%

Women experience sexual abuse in childhood

When people see this data they often ask...

Does that happen to our people?

Yes

With difficult topics like sexual abuse and domestic violence it's natural to want to push them away but sadly these are issues that affect people across all walks of life.

There may also be a temptation to assume that these kinds of things 'only happen to a certain kind of person' but a common response to childhood adversity is to throw yourself into your studies and work achievements.

This is about your top talent

I think people would be shocked if I
disclosed. There’s a stigma about the kind
of person this happens to. But sometimes
it’s the people you wouldn’t expect. People
who look like they’re doing well. But you
don’t know what they’ve lived with and are
still living with. People need to realise that
it could be anyone

Consent Collective research participant

Doesn't our current provision cover this?

No

These specialist charities face more demand for their services than their funding can cover and have long waiting lists.

If wellbeing resources address sexual abuse, sexual harassment or relationship violence this is normally in the form of static information provided on webpages or PDFs. 

Information

Some programmes offer short-term generic counselling support but this provision is not long enough or sufficiently specialist to address sexual or childhood trauma.

Telephone counselling

12-18 months

Waiting time for specialist therapy

Ultimately short-term counselling and GPs all refer in to specialist services who are able to offer long support.

Specialist providers

This leaves your people without the support they need

Our research shows the impact of this gap in provision

"I used the service from work but even though domestic violence was flagged on my form they offered me relationship counselling with my abuser"

Consent Collective research participant

"I probably wouldn't have fallen so far if there had been some kind of awareness training. I couldn't disclose, it didn't feel safe. I shouldn't have to disclose to get the support I need"

Consent Collective research participant

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