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Pattern of Power and Control At Home and Work

Domestic violence doesn't only happen at home. Abusers often use workplace resources to express remorse or anger, check up on, pressure, or threaten their victims. Sabotaging a partner's job performance is one way that abusers keep victims dependent on them for money and under their control. Work may be the only resource a domestic violence victim has left, particularly if the abuser has succeeded in cutting off other sources of support. Some behavior that takes place at a workplace rises to the level of a crime recognized under state and/or federal law. While some harassing or threatening acts might not rise to the level of criminal behavior, employers can refuse to tolerate this type of conduct from employees or against employees.

Employers Can Make a Difference

Most employees believe that businesses should be a part of the solution to addressing domestic violence. Domestic violence can happen to anybody: businesses need their experienced and valuable employees, and victims need ways to keep their jobs.

Employers can make a difference. Many corporations and government agencies are already addressing domestic violence with great success.

Putting in policies to help domestic violence victims can:

  • Make workplaces safer
  • Keep valuable employees on the job
  • Raise awareness of domestic violence in the community

If you are an employer looking to take action on domestic violence, we encourage you to contact PCADV at 800-932-4632.

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