Domestic Violence is a Workplace Issue Almost four million women are physically abused by their intimate partners every year. The effects of the violence at home can filter into the victim's workplace.
Employers can Provide Leadership Join @ FuturesWithoutViolence on October 9th to recognize Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day! Help raise awareness about the health impact of domestic violence by planning an educational event, hanging posters at your local clinic, or simply by spreading the word on social media. Learn more about what you can do here: www.futureswithoutviolence.org/hcadvd
Host a workplace phone drive to benefit victims of domestic violence and help the environment.
A purple ribbon worn during the month of October raises public awareness about the issues of domestic violence and is a symbol of support to victims and their families.
Make a statement at your Workplace!!! Get purple ribbons for your staff to wear during the month of October. Call the: The Women's Center, Inc.784-6632
New NSVRC Webinar on Sexual Violence in the Workplace
Sexual Violence and the Workplace: Making the Connections, is a recorded webinar where experts talk about their experiences preventing and responding to sexual violence in the workplace and engaging employers as partners in these efforts. The webinar also introduces the Sexual Violence and the Workplace information packet developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).
The Women's Center offers resources to workplace professionals
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines workplace violence as any physical assault, threatening behavior or verbal abuse that occurs in the work setting. "Acts such as psychological trauma due to threats, obscene phone calls, an intimidating presence and harassment of any kind are included. Many employers also consider bullying and domestic violence to be forms of workplace violence." 1 Society for Human Resource Management, Dealing with Violence in the Workplace, Oct 2012.
Looking for workplace violence resources for your business? The Women's Center offers a variety of educational resources on topics like Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment, Workplace Bullying and Social Media Violence. Our resources include a wide array of education services including training programs for both managers and employees, assistance with creating a supportive work environment, managerial support and referral services.
The Women’s Center, Inc. in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1974. One of the first programs in Pennsylvania to provide free support services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. The Women’s Center serves the communities of Columbia and Montour counties. The Women's Center is a member agency of both Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. The Women's Center partners with edu@work business consulting to offer quality education services and resources to employers.
Our Workplace Violence Survey Results
In 2012, The Women’s Center conducted a workplace violence survey polling 132 individuals from a variety of work settings. Of the 132 respondents, 5% self-identified as business owners, 17% as managers and 78% as employees. Here's some of our findings:
43% of business owners, 35% of managers and 30% of employees surveyed witnessed and/or experienced workplace bullying. 18% of these employees reported being bullied on social networking sites like Facebook.
35% of employees surveyed reported witnessing or experiencing domestic and/or sexual violence in the workplace.
83% of the business owners and managers, 95% of employees surveyed believe it is extremely important to address violence in the workplace.
10% of employee respondents perceive their employers as not responsive to workplace violence issues, 32% reported employers as somewhat responsive.
Facts about Workplace Violence
Learning the facts is the first step.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Workplace Violence Survey, published in 2012, found that over one-third (36%) of organizations reported incidents of workplace violence.
Harrison Psychological Associates reports the business costs of bullying to employers where people are being harassed, within a two-year period, is more than $180 million in lost time and productivity.
More U.S. women died on the job as a result of domestic violence than at the hands of a client or by a current or former co-worker. (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Study on domestic violence and the workplace.)
According to a 2009 Ethics & Workplace Survey by Deloitte LLP, 27 percent of the 2000 employees surveyed indicated that they don’t consider the ethical consequences of posting comments, photos and such to social networks.
According to the EEOC, in 2010, 11,717 sexual harassment charges were brought yielding $48.4 million in monetary benefits.