Wakefield’s Member of Parliament Imran Ahmad Khan has called on Wakefield employers to join a nationwide business network to tackle domestic abuse.
EIDA – the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse – has over 500 members including nationwide brands such as Vodafone and Boots, but until now West Yorkshire Police and charity Penny Appeal were the only Wakefield-based organisations signed up to the scheme.
Imran Ahmad Khan MP announced his office’s membership this week following a question in the House of Commons to Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy minister Paul Scully where he praised the scheme, and has invited Wakefield Council and other key local employers to take part.
Commenting, Imran said:
I’m delighted to join such an important network. I hope that as one of the city’s biggest employers, Wakefield Metropolitan District Council will accept my invitation to join this vital programme, but I encourage all employers in Wakefield – big and small – to sign up too.
EIDA is a network of businesses of all sizes that provide support and resources for employers to take action on domestic abuse, developing policies on domestic abuse, raising awareness amongst employees, training staff on how to identify those who may need help, and offering direct help or signposting to where it can be found.
Lorraine O’Brien, CEO of The EIDA, said:
We are delighted to have the support of Imran Ahmad Khan MP and thank him for committing so generously to championing our work. The role of employers in tackling domestic abuse has become even more apparent during the pandemic and ongoing commitment from high profile and influential employers will make a huge difference to our aim of stopping domestic abuse in all its forms, once and for all.
To sign up as an employer or for more information please visit www.eida.org.uk