violence in the workplace

Intimate partner violence doesn’t stay at home when its victims go to work. It can follow them, resulting in violence in the workplace. Both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence have an impact in the workplace; they present an increased risk for workplace violence. Domestic violence in the workplace creates a domino effect resulting in decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, increased stress, increased health care costs, and increased turnover rates. In many cases, the victim may have to suddenly flee their home in an effort to escape an abusive relationship. This may mean that they will also need to unexpectedly leave the workplace as well.

  • 74% of employed battered women are harassed at work by their partner.
  • Batterers who expand their abuse to the workplace are increasing the number of areas where they can control their partner.
  • Batterers who harass, stalk, and threaten their partner at work may succeed in getting them fired, increasing victim’s dependence on the batterer.
  • Be alert to possible signs of abuse in a co-worker such as:
    • Unexplained bruises or injuries
    • Excessive attention to time. Must leave work promptly and go straight home to avoid problems with partner
    • Frequent and sudden absences from work
    • Wears unreasonable clothing, such as turtlenecks or scarves possibly to cover up bruises or other injuries
    • There is a drastic decline in work performance
    • Unusually quiet or withdrawn, especially when their partner is around
    • Not allowed to socialize with co-workers
    • Partner “sabotages” cars or does other acts to keep victim from going to work
    • Partner calls or stops by frequently to “check up” on her/him