Domestic Violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain POWER and CONTROL over another intimate partner.
A 2005 study of female employees in Maine who experienced domestic violence found that 98 percent had difficulty concentrating on work tasks, and 96 percent reported that domestic abuse affected their ability to perform their job duties.
The negative impact of domestic violence —sometimes referred to as intimate partner violence—sexual violence, dating violence and stalking on the workplace cannot be overstated and this type of violence occurs more often than most people know. These statistics illustrate this point.
According to the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, every 9 seconds, another woman in the U.S. is beaten
Nearly 5.3 million intimate partner victimization occur each year among U.S. women ages 18 and older. This violence results in nearly 2 million injuries and nearly 1,300 deaths.
– Center for Disease Control, 2003
Domestic violence is a serious, recognizable and preventable problem, similar to other workplace health and safety issues that affect businesses and their bottom lines. Get the facts.
Domestic violence was a hidden concern that did not show up on the public’s radar screen until relatively recently. Some employers are addressing it, but many more are not. The following are seven compelling reasons that employers should take action on this issue.
The Healthy Arizona Worksites Program (HAWP) is a public health initiative that has been developed through a partnership between the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. This statewide program provides Arizona employers with training, technical assistance, tools, and resources to design, implement, and evaluate worksite wellness initiatives. HAWP also works to create linkages between Arizona businesses engaging in healthy worksite efforts so they can learn from each other and share experiences.
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