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.
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.
Organizations helping employers to address domestic violence:
Tools for Employers and Workplaces
Employer Guides and Model Policies
- Model Sexual and Domestic Violence Policy for Private Businesses provided by Legal Momentum
- A Guide for Employers: Domestic Violence in the Workplace, American Bar Association
- See the resources provided by the U.S. Office for Personnel Management
- Look at these recommended provisions for domestic and sexual violence workplace policies
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.
- See our Tip Sheet for Employers for information about recognizing and addressing abuse among your employees
- Request workplace training on domestic violence.
- State and local resources for victims of domestic violence
- Employers may contact our Legal Department at 888-235-3425 for information about employment law and domestic violence. (This is not a helpline for victims.)
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