- Cadent signs up to the Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant
- Company pledges to offer access to employment and training for victims of domestic abuse
- In November 2020 2.3 million adults across England and Wales experienced domestic abuse
Cadent the UK’s largest gas distribution network has signed up to the Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant (EDAC). EDAC is a Government supported pledge by businesses that enables women affected by abuse to enter or re-enter the workplace.
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, in November 2020 2.3 million or 5% of adults across England and Wales experienced domestic abuse, this does not include children under 16. These numbers are expected to rise substantially post lockdown.
By signing up to the Covenant, Cadent are pledging to work with EDAC to offer access to training and employment for women and men who have been victims of domestic abuse.
Cadent will also be raising awareness among their colleagues who are working in the community of how to spot the signs of domestic abuse in hopes of supporting more victims to come forward.
Martin Rimmer, Chief People Officer said:
“Those fleeing domestic abuse experience financial hardship due to the nature of their departure, this may also be a factor that prevents them from leaving. Cadent have signed the Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant in order to help assist people in these situations.
“We would urge other organisations to support this initiative either by signing the covenant or by pledging employment or training to those affected. This is one of the few occasions where a life or lives can be saved by providing employment”
Organisations who wish to join Cadent in signing the Covenant can visit the Employers Domestic Abuse Covenant website