Claire Bowthorpe, HR Manager at Clapham & Collinge has just completed her intensive training to become a Domestic Abuse Champion for Norfolk. Claire is one of a thousand champions across Norfolk, but the first to work in a Law Firm to say 'No' to domestic abuse.
On completing her training Claire said "Within our Firm we have the pleasure and privilege to work with and for some incredible individuals. We share the highs and more sadly the lows. Being in HR, my passion is people and wanting to help, understand, guide and support them.
As we continue our pursuit of excellence within the legal sector, it is my belief that the training I have undertaken adds another string to our bow. I will be able to help our front line and fee earning staff to spot the signs of domestic abuse and empower them to ask the right questions. I will encourage our people to trust their instincts and I will be able to give them to tools to deal with information appropriately and effectively.
With 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men experiencing domestic abuse in their lifetime, it's likely that you are closer to someone suffering than you thought possible."
The champion's role is to enhance knowledge within their organisations, therefore reducing the risk of harm in the belief that we can decrease the human and organisational cost if risk is identified and managed early.
Clapham & Collinge takes special care to provide legal services for our clients who have vulnerabilities of all natures. To compliment this, the firm has made a commitment to train as many staff members as possible, starting with an in-house Domestic Abuse training session taking place this December with the DA Change Co-ordinator for Norfolk. This will add to Clapham & Collinge's portfolio of training, following success with the Dementia Friend scheme.
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