MP Mike Amesbury joined Labour colleagues in the House of Commons to show his backing for a campaign aimed at supporting employees who are victims of domestic violence.

The GMB Union’s Domestic Violence Charter calls on employers to support staff who are experiencing domestic abuse, so they will not be disadvantaged at work and will be supported with access to services and information.

It also asks employers to pledge to train staff to be able to appropriately and confidently support their colleagues.

Figures published from the Crime Survey for England and Wales show an estimated two million adults experienced domestic abuse in the last year.

Mike, MP for Weaver Vale and Shadow Employment Minister, attended the official launch in the Commons, where he also heard some harrowing first hand accounts from people who have been victims of domestic abuse.

He said: “Domestic violence is sadly a huge problem and something that we need to tackle as a society.

“If someone doesn’t feel safe in their home, then the workplace can often be a place of refuge and it’s really important that we empower staff to feel they have the confidence and the expertise to help anyone who may be suffering.

“This is an extremely worthwhile campaign and I encourage employees to sign up.”