MP urges retailers to support staff experiencing domestic abuse

It follows the launch of the retail industry against domestic abuse (RIADA) campaign by the Retail Trust, Dunelm and the Domestic Abuse Alliance last year to bring more help to domestic abuse victims working in retail, following a troubling rise in incidents during the pandemic.

More than 20 other household name retailers have since joined RIADA to support employees as experts warn cases are due to spike once again because of frictions caused by the cost-of-living crisis, the World Cup and the Christmas period.

Jess Phillips and Dunelm’s senior belonging and engagement manager, Josie Dickinson, will call on more retailers to support staff at the Retail Trust’s leaders’ summit this week (11 January) to also look at everything from tackling issues with retention and recruitment to preventing customer aggression.

Chris Brook-Carter, chief executive of the Retail Trust, said: “We’re uniting the leaders who are ready to address many of the issues facing people working in the retail sector right now, both in and outside of the workplace. It’s fantastic to be joined by speakers like Jess Phillips MP as we shine a light on everything we in the industry can do to improve staff wellbeing.

“We want to provide the tools, services and channels that will empower people in retail to take control of their health and wellbeing and ensure that UK retail is an exciting, vibrant and people-first industry so that we can support, attract and retain more colleagues.”

To find out more about the RIADA campaign and how your retail business can get involved click here.