Domestic violence can impact the workplace whether the violence actually takes place there or somewhere outside the place of employment. Economic security is a critical component of safety for victims of violence; the ability to maintain one’s employment can greatly enhance a victim’s ability to create safety in her or his life and begin psychological/emotional recovery. Studies indicate that one of the best predictors of whether individuals will leave their abusive relationship is their degree of economic independence. However, domestic violence can jeopardize a victim’s ability to keep a job. Every workplace is different, and there’s no one-size fits all approach.
Understanding the significant impact that domestic violence can have on the workplace and the important role that employers can play in helping their employees to be safe, CCADV has compiled a toolkit of best policies and practices for employers. The resource guide contains helpful information to better understand the issue of domestic violence and how it might impact your workplace, as well as the tools you’ll need to develop comprehensive programs so that your workplace can both prevent and respond to domestic violence.
CCADV Resources for Employers:
Download CCADV’s Toolkit – Responding to Domestic Violence in the Workplace: Best Policies & Practices
Watch CCADV’s webinar – Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Download CCADV’s Factsheet on Domestic Violence & the Workplace
Contact CCADV for training & consultation! (see bottom of page for contact)
Creating a safe, non-judgmental and supportive work environment for victims of domestic violence is beneficial not only to the victim, but to the organization as a whole. There are some simple things that you can do as an employer to help victims of domestic violence working at your organization.
- Be alert about possible signs of abuse, such as: increased and unexplained absences, a decline in performance, lack of concentration, unexplained bruises or injuries
- Listen and ask questions in a non-judgmental, supportive manner
- Place brochures about domestic violence in your Human Resources office, restrooms and employee break room
- In your employee newsletter include resources, such Safe Connect, Connecticut'c domestic violence resource hub and where victims and survivors can connect to safety by speaking with a certified domestic violence advocate. Visit CTSafeConnect.org or text/call (888) 774-2900.
- Participate in fundraisers for your local domestic violence agency and let your employees know that you are supporting the agency’s efforts
Developing a Model Workplace Policy:
You can easily develop a Model Workplace Policy using a simple online tool created by Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence – A National Resource Center. A model policy establishes guidelines for workplace responses to victims/survivors of violence, as well as perpetrators of violence. An employer can adopt a workplace policy as part of its commitment to a healthy, safe organizational climate and to the prevention and reduction of the incidence and effects of domestic violence. Learn more about the Model Workplace Policy - it can be customized for your office and include tips on when to check your specific state laws.
Visit Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence to learn more about domestic violence and the workplace.
Connecting Your Employees to Services:
If you are concerned that one of your employees is a victim of domestic violence and you want to speak with an advocate to learn specific tips for talking with that person, please contact Safe Connect at CTSafeConnect.org. Our advocates are ready to help you think through strategies to be responsive to your employee, or you can connect your employee directly to the advocate.
For more information or to schedule training and consultation for your workplace, please contact Linda Blozie, Director of Training & Prevention, at email@example.com.