In June 2015, Hatherley Manor Hotel hosted the Behind Closed Doors Conference attended by more than 200 local employers. The conference was designed to highlight the issue of domestic abuse and stalking in the workplace and what companies need to be aware of in order to safeguard their employees. Nick said: “Fifty eight per cent of domestic homicides happen in the workplace, so it’s important employers are made aware of their responsibilities. Some of Hollie’s colleagues knew she was in an abusive relationship but didn’t know what to do or who to tell. In fact, it’s highly likely that all workplaces have staff that have, or are experiencing abuse, as well as those who are perpetrators, so developing an effective policy is essential.” It is estimated that domestic abuse in England and Wales costs £1.9billion in lost economic output due to decreased productivity, administration difficulties, lost wages and sick pay. Newsreader and Patron of HGT, Julie Etchingham, Chairman of HGT, Nick Gazzard, Assistant Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Police, Richard Berry, Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl, Criminal Behaviourist, Laura Richards and Women’s Aid Chief Executive, Polly Neate all spoke at the event.

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