Essay on The Impact Of Domestic Violence On The Workplace

754 Words Mar 15th, 2016 4 Pages
The Impact of Domestic Violence on the Workplace and How Employers Can Respond
Domestic violence costs the United States economy an estimated $8.3 billion each year, which includes medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity. Nearly 8 million paid workdays are lost as a result of domestic violence, the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs. The subject is a difficult one to discuss, though it is important to recognize that domestic violence is not just a private, family matter. The effects of the violence, in addition to the violence itself can, and does spill into the workplace.

While it is likely that as employers you may know someone who has experienced domestic violence or even someone who has perpetrated violence against an intimate partner, you may not know what to do or how to help in these cases. The following is provided to help give you information about what domestic violence is and isn’t, potential signs that a colleague or employee may be a victim of domestic violence, and recommendations on how you can help. Additional information and resources are available through Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc. (ACT) by visiting www.actabuse.com or calling (239) 939-2553.
What you should know about domestic violence.
• Domestic violence is not just about physical attacks. Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors that individuals (men or women) use against their intimate partners to establish power and control.
• It may include physical, emotional,…

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