VIOLENCE IN THE WORKPLACE

 

Impact on Employers:

• Employers lose between $3 and $5 billion each year for increased medical costs associated with battered workers (Bureau of National Affairs, 1990).

• Businesses lose an additional $100 million in lost wages, sick leave and absenteeism (Domestic Violence for Health Care Provider, 3rd Edition).

• Almost 2 million workdays are lost each year due to domestic violence.

• Domestic Violence in the United States costs an estimated $67 billion annually.

• 78% of Human Resource Directors identify domestic violence as a substantial employee problem.

• 49% of senior executives said that domestic violence has a harmful effect on their company’s productivity.

• 47% admit partner violence negatively impacts employee attendance.

• A survey of EAP (Employee Assistance Program) providers found that a large majority of them dealt with specific partner abuse situations in the past year, including: employees with restraining orders (83%), and employees being stalked at work by a current/former partner (71%).

Victims of Domestic Violence who work:

96% experience problems at work due to abuse.

74% are harassed while at work by their abuser.

56% arrive one hour late for work five times per month.28% leave work early at least five days a month.

54% miss at least three full days of work each month.

Homicide is the leading cause of death to women in the workplace; 20% of those murdered by their partner was done at the workplace.

There were an estimated 13,000 acts of violence against women at work each year by their partners (Westchester County Business Journal, Vol. 35).

37% of women involved in partner violence have felt its effects on the workplace reflected in:

◦Lateness
◦Missed work
◦Difficulty keeping a job
◦Difficulty advancing their careers
(Results by EDK National Telephone Poll, September 1997)

ADV has skilled and knowledgeable speakers on the subject of domestic violence in the workplace. If you would like to have someone come to your location and train your company executives, HR personnel, supervisors and/or managers on the various aspects of violence in the workplace, select the community education link for more information.

Domestic Violence Statistics provided from The Public Policy Office of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crimes, “2008 Crime Victimization in the United States Statistical Overviews.”

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