For Employers

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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[1]. In a single day in Indiana, domestic violence programs serve 1,807 victims/survivors.[2] 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.

[1] http://www.ncadv.org/learn/statistics

[2] For a list of Indiana domestic abuse shelters visit: http://www.ncadv.org/files/Indiana.pdf

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.

 RECOGNIZING DOMESTIC ABUSE

IMPLEMENTING A SAFETY PLAN

ORDER OF PROTECTION FOR THE EMPLOYEE IN INDIANA

INDIANA VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DISCRIMINATION

FILING A CLAIM OF DISCRIMINATION

THE FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE ACT

EMPLOYEES WHO COMMIT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACTS

INDIANA WORKER’S COMPENSATION

INDIANA UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

 

RELATIONSHIP INFORMATION:

WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND WHY DO VICTIMS STAY?

POWER & CONTROL WHEEL

THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE

 

GUIDANCE & SUPPORT:

THE CARING PLACE

SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management)

NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

HOUSING & FINANCIAL:

HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES

PORTER COUNTY DIVISION OF FAMILY RESOURCES

 

LEGAL SUPPORT:

VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY LEGAL CLINIC

NORTHWEST INDIANA PRO BONO

PORTER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

LAKE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION

WORKPLACE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE POLICIES: