Jul 072008

A study of domestic violence survivors by The Commonwealth Fund in New York * found that 74% of employed battered women were harassed by their partner while they were at work. Homicide was the second leading cause of death on the job for women in 2000**

Domestic violence does not stay at home. If follows the victim to the workplace where a woman is harassed by threatening phone calls, absent due to injuries or loss of productivity due to anxiety and stress. While anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, women are five to eight times more likely than men to be victimized by an intimate partner.***

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to promote the safety and health of America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health.

What Should Employers Do?

Provide education and training to all employees regarding domestic violence

Develop a policy that specifically addresses domestic violence

Allow victims of domestic violence to take time off from work to appear in court, seek legal assistance and get help to insure their safety. Note: Many states have laws mandating that employers allow victims time off to attend court proceedings. Check the law for your state.

Assist victims in obtaining restraining/protection orders

Provide information

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  5 Responses to “Domestic Violence Doesn’t Remain at Home”

  1. Domestic violence is one of the ugly faces of society and should not happen to anybody. It is everybody’s business and employers must not look away from the gravity of the of damage it can cause to an employee at both physical and emotional level.

  2. When domestic violence spills over into the workplace it becomes a lot of peoples problem and violence.

    We cant control every element or threat in this world but good HR policy and support with regard to domestic violence is the one area where we can significantly reduce exposure and protect many.

    This is a problem that we as a society can no longer afford to sweep under the mat.

    Domestic violence spilling over into the workplace is not always something that “will happen to someone else” It can happen anywhere. Risk mitigation is a must.

    Larry Kaminer

  3. It should not happen to anybody. Such a bad act against the humanitarian cause.
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  4. sadly it can affect anyone in the community, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location.
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  5. Wow, that 74% really surprised me. I would like to know what percentage of employers were aware that these acts occurring in the work place.

    In this day in age, this shouldn’t even be a topic at all… Here’s to hoping things can actually change.

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