The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner was presented with the Suzy Lamplugh National Trust Safer Workplace Award at a ceremony in London.
Dame Vera Baird received the accolade in recognition of her commitment to improving how places of work support employees suffering domestic abuse.
She was also praised for making personal safety a key part of her Violence Against Women and Girls strategy.
“Tackling domestic abuse is incredibly important to me and the main objective of this work has been to reach as many people as possible,” said Dame Vera.
“I’m very proud of the success these schemes have had so far and it’s an honour to win this award. I’m also thankful to my team and various partners who have helped bring the ideas to life, as well as the organisations and 650 champions who have got on board.”