Employers face a vast array of human resource concerns, often with limited time and money to address them. Due to these limited resources, issues remain unaddressed until it becomes significant and costly. Domestic violence affecting the work environment is an issue that 78% of human resource professionals agree should be addressed, but the majority of employers have not. At the Domestic Violence Network, we offer consultation and training at no cost to businesses, to expand human resource programming through the implementation of best practices for addressing domestic violence. Though it is viewed as a “private matter”, the effects of domestic violence at home reach the workplace. Co-workers and supervisors often know when employees face these issues, but ask, “What do we do?”
It becomes more complicated when job performance and the work environment is affected by domestic violence. Employees who experience extreme stress at home may have low job performance, frequent tardiness/absenteeism, or receive harassing communications during the work day. Often, those in abusive relationships who choose to leave are contacted by abusers at work, causing tension and potential liability for employers.
More than managing the effects of domestic violence on the company, implementing domestic violence policies communicates compassion and hope to individuals who may feel isolated, ashamed, and alone. Employer support through clear procedures empowers people with the strength necessary to leave dangerous relationships and make healthy life changes.
At the Domestic Violence Network, we partner with businesses, community groups, schools, and faith-based organizations to bring an end to domestic violence in Central Indiana through education and empowerment. At dvnconnect.org/resources are some of the tools needed to address domestic violence at the workplace and we are available to develop specific strategies for your company.