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Domestic Violence in the Workplace<br />as adapted from Peace at Work<br />
Susan Still’s Story<br />
Domestic Violence <br />A pattern of behavior meant to control the victim:<br />psychologically <br />sexually<br />social...
Domestic violence comes in many forms. <br />
Domestic Violence <br /><ul><li> follows to work
impacts the bottom line</li></li></ul><li>Impact on Health Care Costs<br />Estimate cost of domestic violence on employer’...
 number of female employees
 average hourly wage</li></li></ul><li>Maine Dept. of Labor	2005<br />Maine Department of Labor: 2005<br /><ul><li>nearly ...
 98%: violence affected ability to concentrate at work
nearly 80% of women said abuser came to workplace
13% assaulted at work
6 out of 10 said they lost or quit job as a result of    domestic violence</li></li></ul><li>Harassment at Work: 74%<br />...
 emails
visits</li></li></ul><li>Possible Work/Office Conditions<br />Harassment of employee, resulting in tardiness, <br />low pr...
 fear if they have problems</li></ul>Extreme violence by abuser, possibly to other staff<br />Possible lawsuits if victim ...
Lawsuit Examples<br /><ul><li> Connecticut, 2009: librarian fired after revealing she was abused by her husband
 Chicago, 2004: daycare worker fired after telling employer she has a restraining order on her husband
 Nicolette Sheridan fired after claiming her boss hit her.</li></li></ul><li>North Carolina: Recent Shootings<br />Oct 200...
Addressing Domestic Violence<br /> recognize<br />document<br />communicate<br />refer<br />support<br />protect<br />
Recognizing Warning Signs<br /><ul><li> physical
 behavioral
 job performance</li></li></ul><li>Possible Warning Signs  <br />More Warning Signs<br /><ul><li> anxiety about getting ho...
 defensiveness over signs
 hiding/minimizing  presence or seriousness of injuries
talking about a “friend” being abused
signs of depression
excessive tardiness or absenteeism</li></ul>Use your intuition.<br />
Show support and concern<br />Leave “open door” if there is an denial<br />Approaching the Victim<br /><ul><li> Find an ap...
 Focus on job-related issues.
 Never assume; only indicate observations.
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Bridges Domestic Violence Center, the only domestic violence shelter in Williamson County Tennessee, offers training for companies on how domestic violence can affect the workplace.

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  1. 1. Domestic Violence in the Workplace<br />as adapted from Peace at Work<br />
  2. 2. Susan Still’s Story<br />
  3. 3. Domestic Violence <br />A pattern of behavior meant to control the victim:<br />psychologically <br />sexually<br />socially<br />emotionally<br />economically<br />
  4. 4. Domestic violence comes in many forms. <br />
  5. 5. Domestic Violence <br /><ul><li> follows to work
  6. 6. impacts the bottom line</li></li></ul><li>Impact on Health Care Costs<br />Estimate cost of domestic violence on employer’s health care benefits and worker productivity<br /><ul><li>number of employees
  7. 7. number of female employees
  8. 8. average hourly wage</li></li></ul><li>Maine Dept. of Labor 2005<br />Maine Department of Labor: 2005<br /><ul><li>nearly 80% arrive late to work
  9. 9. 98%: violence affected ability to concentrate at work
  10. 10. nearly 80% of women said abuser came to workplace
  11. 11. 13% assaulted at work
  12. 12. 6 out of 10 said they lost or quit job as a result of domestic violence</li></li></ul><li>Harassment at Work: 74%<br /><ul><li>phone calls
  13. 13. emails
  14. 14. visits</li></li></ul><li>Possible Work/Office Conditions<br />Harassment of employee, resulting in tardiness, <br />low production, absences<br />Fear in other staff<br /><ul><li> fear of abuser
  15. 15. fear if they have problems</li></ul>Extreme violence by abuser, possibly to other staff<br />Possible lawsuits if victim is fired<br />
  16. 16. Lawsuit Examples<br /><ul><li> Connecticut, 2009: librarian fired after revealing she was abused by her husband
  17. 17. Chicago, 2004: daycare worker fired after telling employer she has a restraining order on her husband
  18. 18. Nicolette Sheridan fired after claiming her boss hit her.</li></li></ul><li>North Carolina: Recent Shootings<br />Oct 2005: Frye Medical Center<br />man shoots ex-wife in her office<br />Dec 2005: Fayetteville VA Hospital<br />pharmacist killed by boyfriend<br />Jan 2006: Winston-Salem Rehab<br />man shoots wife in stairwell<br />75% of murders of women at work are committed by ex-partners.<br />
  19. 19. Addressing Domestic Violence<br /> recognize<br />document<br />communicate<br />refer<br />support<br />protect<br />
  20. 20. Recognizing Warning Signs<br /><ul><li> physical
  21. 21. behavioral
  22. 22. job performance</li></li></ul><li>Possible Warning Signs <br />More Warning Signs<br /><ul><li> anxiety about getting home late
  23. 23. defensiveness over signs
  24. 24. hiding/minimizing presence or seriousness of injuries
  25. 25. talking about a “friend” being abused
  26. 26. signs of depression
  27. 27. excessive tardiness or absenteeism</li></ul>Use your intuition.<br />
  28. 28. Show support and concern<br />Leave “open door” if there is an denial<br />Approaching the Victim<br /><ul><li> Find an appropriate time and place.
  29. 29. Focus on job-related issues.
  30. 30. Never assume; only indicate observations.
  31. 31. Show support and concern.
  32. 32. Leave an “open door” in case of denial</li></li></ul><li>Two Common Mistakes<br />pushing<br />them to<br />leave<br />judging <br />them<br />
  33. 33. Refer to Programs<br /><ul><li> employee assistance programs
  34. 34. domestic violence advocacy agency
  35. 35. legal aid
  36. 36. health services, including mental health
  37. 37. social services</li></li></ul><li>Bridges Domestic Violence Center<br /><ul><li> 24-hour crisis counseling
  38. 38. emergency shelter
  39. 39. safety planning
  40. 40. legal process orientation
  41. 41. support groups
  42. 42. information and referral
  43. 43. court advocacy</li></li></ul><li>Administrative Support<br /><ul><li> provide time off
  44. 44. make changes to personnel information
  45. 45. general support</li></li></ul><li>“Why not just fire her?”<br />
  46. 46. How Employment Helps Victims<br />
  47. 47. Employment Law<br />Employment Rights<br /><ul><li>Family Medical Leave Act
  48. 48. Americans with Disabilities Act
  49. 49. Title VII Discrimination
  50. 50. Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  51. 51. Wrongful Discharge Suits</li></ul>Safety<br /><ul><li>OSHA
  52. 52. Workers Comp
  53. 53. Civil Suits for negligence or wrongful death</li></li></ul><li>How will you secure the workplace?<br />
  54. 54. Protecting the Workplace<br /><ul><li> legal actions
  55. 55. hardening the workplace
  56. 56. hardening the victim</li></ul>…with your threat assessment team<br />…with security and/or law enforcement<br />Victims of abuse are excellent security consultants.<br />
  57. 57. Organizational Preparedness<br /><ul><li> assess
  58. 58. develop policy
  59. 59. support and protections
  60. 60. abuser’s behavior
  61. 61. train staff/crises team responsibilities
  62. 62. establish a healthy environment</li></li></ul><li>What can we do about<br />domestic violence<br />in our community?<br />
  63. 63. Making a Difference in the Community<br /><ul><li> Workforce and company are a part of the community.
  64. 64. Problems in workplace won’t be resolved until addressed in community.
  65. 65. There are public relations benefits of support.</li></li></ul><li>Next Steps<br /><ul><li> revise/adopt workplace violence policy
  66. 66. train workforce
  67. 67. maintain healthy environment
  68. 68. develop handouts (policy, action steps, resources
  69. 69. follow-up support from agency</li></li></ul><li>True Prevention: A Healthy Workplace<br /><ul><li> respect
  70. 70. dignity
  71. 71. equality
  72. 72. fairness</li></li></ul><li>Bridges Domestic Violence Center<br />Crisis Hotline: 615.599.5777<br />www.bridgesdvc.org<br />

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