**Update 23 Dec: People who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable in Tier 4 areas of England are no longer allowed to come to the workplace, even if they cannot work from home. The Health Minister in Wales has also issued a notice that such people in Wales should also not attend the workplace. Please contact us for advice if you are in this situation**
While the current advice from the Government is to work at home where possible, especially if you are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV), this may be putting some members at an increased risk of abuse, whether physical, verbal, emotional, psychological, sexual or other.
Abuse can be a one-off or an ongoing pattern of behaviour; the one constant element is the abuser’s consistent efforts to maintain power and control over their victim. It can be coercive, with threats, humiliation and intimidation; physical, causing injury or putting your life in danger; sexual, where sex is forced, aggressive or violent, even by a spouse or intimate partner; or emotional such as yelling, name calling, blaming and shaming.
If you are in this situation we may be able to help find alternative arrangements for you, such as working on your own in a nearby Nationwide office. Please do not suffer in silence – either speak to your manager, or to us, or seek external support through agencies such as:
Find out what what you can do when you’re fleeing from violence in the home, including finding emergency accommodation, from Citizen’s Advice:
Citizen’s Advice (England & Wales) 0800 144 8848 (England) 0800 702 2020 (Wales)
Citizen’s Advice Scotland 0800 028 1456 (Scotland)
NIDirect 0800 915 4604 (Northern Ireland)
Galop – the National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: The LGBT+ anti-violence charity 0800 999 5428
Women’s Aid: Connect to a support worker via their instant messaging service
Or, if you are in an emergency situation, please call 999. If you are calling from a mobile and are unable to talk, press 55 and do not hang up. A police call handler will try and engage with you; if you remain silent they will attempt to engage further and ask you to tap the phone if you are unable to speak; for example, yes and no questions can be asked by the call handler and answered using one keypad press for yes and two for no. If you can say only one thing, please say your location or at least cough so they know you are there. For more information search Silent Solution on the internet.
You can view Nationwide’s Guide for Domestic Stress or Clinically Extremely Vulnerable return to work exception process document on the Intranet.