Theresa May will tomorrow urge businesses to help boost the fight against domestic abuse.
The former Prime Minister will speak via video link to more than 300 representatives from companies including Lloyds, Easyjet, American Express, Vodafone and Everton FC at an event organised by the Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse.
Mrs May helped shape the Domestic Abuse Bill during her time in No10 before quitting Downing Street 11 months ago.
The ex-PM will say: “There needs to be a step change in how society tackles domestic abuse and supports those who suffer.
“The Domestic Abuse Bill is a landmark piece of legislation that provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to confront behind closed doors abuse that ruins people’s lives.
“I am pleased to support the EIDA, which has been a powerful force in working with business to alert them to the measures they must take to support employees.”
Experts have warned domestic violence soared during the Covid-19 lockdown, with many victims unable to leave their homes.
Many who suffer can find brief respite at work, under normal circumstances.
But with offices, factories and shops closed at the height of the coronavirus shutdown, they often found themselves trapped with their abuser.
In April, campaigners said at least 16 suspected domestic abuse killings took place between March 23 and April 12, after restrictions were imposed.
Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse chairwoman Elizabeth Filkin said: “We are delighted to have the support of Theresa May who continues to be a vocal champion for those who suffer from domestic abuse.
“Our event occurs against a frightening backdrop of rising demand for domestic abuse support services.
“The changing nature of the workplace, particularly the blurring of the division between home and work, has left many sufferers without their usual safe place and potential support systems.
“This is a heightened time for the role of business in tackling domestic abuse, which is why we are pleased to welcome the generous participation of so many of our growing membership.”