Employers have been urged to adopt new guidelines designed to help them recognise and deal with the effect on employees of domestic abuse.

The guidelines were drawn up by the Adapt Services in Limerick and Clare Haven in Ennis.

The group advises employers to recognise the signs of domestic abuse and refer victims to the appropriate expert services.

It warns that abuse can have a significant impact on worker performance and absenteeism.

Other warning signs are arriving late to work and receiving repeated or upsetting calls and texts.

It is estimated that one in five women is subjected to domestic abuse, which can be both physical and psychological.