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Domestic Violence: An Employer’s Responsibility
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, on average, every minute nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During a one year span, this equates to more than 10 million men and women. In a single day in Indiana, domestic violence programs serve 1,807 victims/survivors. However, on that same day, 182 requests for services have to go unmet due to a lack of resources. Between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, 67 Indiana residents died in domestic violence homicides. Employers can play a big part in recognizing domestic violence and helping their employees acquire the necessary resources as they often see the individuals on a weekly, if not daily basis. Further, domestic violence affects the workplace in numerous ways such as higher healthcare costs, decreased productivity, absenteeism, and safety.
As an employer, you may hear “rumors” or hear things through the grapevine about an employee in a potentially dangerous relationship. Many times, you may not be sure if you should or can intervene. The following is some information which can aid you to begin to understand more about domestic violence and ways you can begin to help your employee.
GUIDANCE & SUPPORT:
HOUSING & FINANCIAL:
WORKPLACE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE POLICIES: