Joint Effort to End Domestic Violence in the Workplace
One in three women may expect to be a victim of intimate partner violence in her lifetime. Violence impacts women regardless of race, income level, education, religion, or culture. It doesn’t matter where in the world she lives. She could be a neighbor, a sister, a friend or a co-worker.
Domestic Violence Project, Inc. joins Soroptimist International of Canton and Stark County in its annual campaign to raise awareness of how domestic violence impacts the workplace and how to prevent it.
A 2005 phone survey of 1,200 full-time American employees found that 44 percent of full-time employed adults personally experienced domestic violence’s effect in their workplaces, and 21 percent identified themselves as victims of intimate partner violence. A Vermont University study published in 2012 of male offenders enrolled in batterer intervention programs found:
· 29% of respondents contacted their partner while at work to say something that might have scared or intimidated her; 40% of supervisors were aware this type of contact occurred at work.
· 25% left or were late to work to be abusive to their partner;
· Participants lost a total of 52,731 days of work — equivalent to 27 years of full time employment and $5.4 million in estimated lost wages — because of consequences related to domestic violence. 23% collected unemployment to make up for lost wages;
· 80% of respondents said their job performance was negatively affected by their domestic violence. 19% caused or almost caused an accident at work.
· 77% of respondents felt that the presence of a written company policy that sets a workplace culture against domestic violence would be an effective measure that workplaces could take to prevent domestic violence.
DID YOU KNOW:
· Domestic violence victims lose a total of nearly 8 million days of paid work a year—the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs. (Center for Disease Control)
· The annual cost of domestic violence to the US economy is more than $8.3 billion – includes medical care, mental health services (much of which is paid for by the employer), and lost productivity - time away from work (Center for Disease Control, 2003).
· Workplace violence can be categorized into four types: (1) criminal intent (2) customer/client (3) worker-on-worker (4) personal relationship. (U.S. Federal Government)
· U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 3.4 million persons said they were victims of stalking in 2005 (U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2009)
· "Intimate partner violence, rape, stalking – all of these forms of violence can create toxic stress on the body that is long-lasting and cumulative, and can negatively impact a person's health and well-being for the rest of their life”. Dr. Howard Spivak, Director Violence Prevention (Center of Disease Control, 2010)
· 96% of employed domestic violence victims experience some type of work-related problem due to the violence. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, 2000)
· 78% of surveyed perpetrators used workplace resources to express remorse or anger, check up on, pressure, or threaten their victim (Maine Department of Labor, 2004)
· A study addressing the co-occurrence between child abuse and animal abuse discovered that 88% of homes with physically abused children also included abuse or neglect of the family pet (DeViney, Dickert, & Lockwood,1983).
Employers CAN: Recognize –domestic violence as an issue impacting the workplace; Respond –appropriately within the context of the workplace; Refer –to the professionals who can assist the employee; Reach Out –to community resources for partnership, expertise, and to support them.
· Visit : www.workplacesrespond.org. A virtual resource for employers to address the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace, providing information, sample policies, training resources and technical assistance to facilitate and encourage safer and more effective responses to employees who are victims of domestic, sexual and dating violence or stalking.
The workplace is the ideal place to help women facing domestic violence because it’s where they spend at least eight hours a day away from their abusers. By taking the time to address this risk, businesses can take steps to reduce health care costs, absenteeism and lost productivity due to stress and injuries from domestic and sexual violence. This not only keeps workers safe, it’s good business.
This information is brought to you by Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County (www.bestforwomencanton.org) and the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (www.dvpi.org). For local support services for victims of domestic violence, call DVPI’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 330.453.SAFE (7233). Now operating in its 35th year of service, DVPI acts as the community’s response to violence and abuse serving victims of domestic violence by providing holistic and confidential services including: a 24-hour hotline, emergency shelters in Canton and Massillon, transitional housing, legal advocacy, counseling including drug and alcohol recovery services and prevention and educational services. For more information or training information, please contact Cheli Curran, Executive Director/CEO for DVPI at 330.445.2001 or email at email@example.com.
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Breaking the cycle of domestic violence begins with awareness!