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Employers

Not Just At Home

The workplace is one more place where abusers attempt to stalk, harass, threaten and injure victims. Even abuse that occurs off-site affects the workplace in terms of reduced productivity, health care costs, absenteeism, and worker safety. Violence at the workplace is a safety risk to victims and co-workers.

Perpetrators use workplace resources to express remorse or anger, check up on, pressure, or threaten the victim. Sabotaging a partner's job performance is one strategy abusers use to keep victims economically dependent and under their control. Work may be the only resource an employee has left, particularly if the abuser has succeeded in cutting off other sources of support.

21% of full-time employed adult respondents (one in five) to a 2005 survey identified themselves as victims of intimate partner violence and most indicated that their ability to work was affected by the violence.

More facts and stats on the workplace impact of domestic violence

Statistics: The Impact of Interpersonal Violence on the Workplace (Legal Momentum)

Prevent Hidden Costs

By choosing to proactively address domestic violence in the workplace, employers can:

  • Enhance workplace safety
  • Increase employee productivity and morale
  • Decrease absenteeism and turnover
  • Create a powerful, positive impact in the community
  • Implement effective prevention and intervention strategies

It´s too personal.

Employers and supervisors don't want to lose valued workers, but they often fear getting involved in their employees' personal lives. Yet, addressing domestic violence doesn't mean opening a counseling service.

Responding to domestic violence means raising awareness and establishing policies:
- adopting domestic violence policies and procedures,
- coordinating with the Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) (likely already in place)
- sponsoring training on domestic violence for staff.

By planning in advance, and learning how and when to intervene, business can build a safe place for employees to concentrate on the job. In many cases, early intervention can prevent an incident of violence that could devastate the entire workplace.

Employers can make a difference.

Numerous corporations, government agencies, and individual employers are already addressing domestic violence and making the tools they have used available to other employers.

Organizations helping employers to address domestic violence:

PCADV and its member programs encourage employers to take steps to address domestic violence in the workplace - and we are here to help. Call us at 800-932-4632.


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