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December 2010

Domestic Violence: It's Your Business

 

Domestic violence in the home often spills over into the workplace and, according to the CDC, costs employers over $727 million in lost productivity each year. The word "domestic" implies that violence happens behind closed doors, but victims of domestic violence are impacted in both their home and work lives.

The Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Projectisa joint initiative of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence (GCADV) and the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.

1 IN 4 GEORGIA WOMEN ABUSED

  • According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, 1 in 4 American women will experience domestic violencein her lifetime.
  • Georgia is ranked 15th in the nation for the rate in which men kill women.
  • Over 100 Georgianís lose their lives to domestic violence each year.
  • Some of those fatalities occur at the workplace.

HOW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AFFECTS YOUR BUSINESS

  • Potential liability issues
  • Economic impact of company resources used by abusers (cars, phones, computers, etc.) to monitor, stalk and harass victims
  • Low productivity, high turnover and absenteeism
  • Increased medical and mental health expenses
  • Safety and security concerns for entire workplace

IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REALLY A CONCERN AT MY WORKPLACE?

The U.S. Department of Justice reports that 18,700 violent incidents are committed each year by an intimate partner in the workplace. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, homicide is the leading cause of death for women on the job, and 20% of those murders are at the hands of their intimate partners. Since domestic violence affects all socio-economic groups, ethnic groups, races and cultures equally, domestic violence awareness is something we believe will be useful to your workforce.

SIMPLE WAYS YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT YOUR WORKPLACE

  • Invite us to provide a lunch-n-learn or training session for your managers, HR staff or entire staff
  • Start a cell phone drive to raise awareness and safety for domestic violence victims
  • Partner with us as we work to eliminate domestic violence in Georgia
  • Raise funds on our behalf or donate your time or expertise to help our organizations.

To learn more about the Georgia Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project's Workplace Initiative, please contact Taylor Tabb, GCADV Fatality Review Coordinator, at 404-209-0280 or ttabb@gcadv.org.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please call Georgia's 24-Hour Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-33-HAVEN (1-800-334-2836).


 








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