Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Domestic Violence and the Workplace

Compiled by Chelsea Lettieri & Caitlin Sullivan

Topic Page Advisor:
Jennifer Swanberg, PhD 

A Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Domestic Violence and the Workplace (2010)

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has prepared Fact Sheets which provide statistical answers to some important questions about work-family and work/life issues.

Click here to download the Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Domestic Violence and the Workplace: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/DV.pdf

Paid Sick Days Initiative Would Support Milwaukee Victims of Domestic Violence (2008)

Milwaukee’s paid sick days referendum would allow workers to take time from their scheduled hours on the job to recover from illness. It would also guarantee more than 260,000 Milwaukeeans the ability to access services for domestic violence and sexual assault, without the risk of losing wages or a job. While a relatively small number of Milwaukee workers will likely need paid time off for these purposes, this job-protected paid time off could be critical to building family safety and security.”

Lovell, V. (2008). Paid sick days initiative would support Milwaukee victims of domestic violence. Retrieved from http://www.iwpr.org/pdf/B265_DomesticViolence.pdf

Effective Workplace Series (EWS), 2008, Issue 11: Domestic Violence

The Effective Workplace Series (EWS) was designed to provide a summary of the Sloan Network's topic pages.

To access this document (PDF): https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/EWS_DV.pdf

Policy Leadership Series (PLS / PBS), 2007, Issue 11 - Opportunities for Policy Leadership on Supporting Workers Experiencing Domestic Violence

By Chelsea Lettieri, Sandee Shulkin MSW, Judith Casey MSW

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has created a series of publications called, the Policy Leadership Series.  These publications provide state legislators and their staff with answers to questions about specific work-family issues, such as, “How does afterschool care affect my constituents?” and “What can be done about telework?” This publication is mailed to legislators across the United States.

Download Issue 11 in this series, entitled "Opportunities for Policy Leadership on Supporting Workers Experiencing Domestic Violence": https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/policy_makers11.pdf.

Liz Claiborne Inc. Policy on Domestic Violence (n.d.)

Liz Claiborne Inc. (n.d.) Sample policy on domestic violence. Retrieved June 11, 2007, from: http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/pdf/domestic_policy.pdf

This is a sample domestic violence policy from Liz Claiborne Inc., a recognized leader in domestic violence victim support among corporations.

To access this document (PDF), click here: http://www.loveisnotabuse.com/pdf/domestic_policy.pdf

Six Steps for Creating a Successful Workplace Program (n.d.)

Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. (n.d.) Six steps for creating a successful workplace program. Retrieved July 3, 2007, from: http://www.caepv.org/membercenter/files/six_steps.pdf.

“This document outline's CAEPV's suggested steps for creating a workplace program to address domestic violence.”

To access this document (PDF), click here: http://www.caepv.org/membercenter/files/six_steps.pdf

For more information about the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, click here: http://www.caepv.org

CAEPV Sample Policy for Workplace Threats and Violence (n.d.)

Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. (n.d.) CAEPV sample policy for workplace threats and violence. Retrieved on July 3, 2007, from www.caepv.org/membercenter/files/caepv_sample_policy.pdf.

This brief sample policy provides sample reporting procedures, leave options for employees, and strategies for employers to reduce violence in the workplace.

To access this document (PDF), click here: http://www.caepv.org/membercenter/files/caepv_sample_policy.pdf

For more information about the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, click here: http://www.caepv.org

Small Business Initiative on Domestic Violence (n.d.)

Safe@Work Coalition. (n.d.) Small business initiative on domestic violence. Retrieved July 3, 2007, from: http://caepv.org/membercenter/files/Small%20Business%20Initiative%20Brochure%20(Safe@Work%20Coalition%20Project).pdf

A project of the Safe@Work Coalition, the Small Business Initiative’s “mission is to educate employers and unions and to provide guidance on creating an environment where what was traditionally seen as a ‘private’ problem can be openly and effectively addressed.” This pamphlet addresses myths about domestic violence, argues why it is important that small businesses address this concern and offers suggestions on how to support victims in the workplace.

To access this document (PDF), click here: http://caepv.org/membercenter/files/Small%20Business%20Initiative%20Brochure%20(Safe@Work%20Coalition%20Project).pdf

For more information about the Safe@Work Coalition, click here: http://www.safeatworkcoalition.org. 

Workplace Intervention: Domestic Violence as an Issue That Can’t – and Shouldn’t – Be Left at Home (2006)

Nesbit, Robert J. (2006). Workplace intervention: Domestic violence is an issue that can’t-and shouldn’t-be left at home. Employee Benefit News,20(10).. Retrieved July 3, 2007, from:
http://getinvolved.safehorizon.org/site/DocServer/Employee_Benefit_News_8.06.pdf?docID=541.

This short article, authored by a senior vice president and chief human resources officer at a financial and insurance company, lays out the argument for the “good business” of attention to domestic violence concerns by workplaces. He also cites the experience and actions of his own company in realizing the importance of this issue.

To access this document (PDF), click here: http://getinvolved.safehorizon.org/site/DocServer/Employee_Benefit_News_8.06.pdf?docID=541

For more information about Safe Horizon, click here: http://safehorizon.org

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