Domestic Violence Training and Resources for Faculty, Staff and Students

Domestic Violence is a Community Problem

Domestic violence doesn’t only exist in the home. It follows victims and abusers to work and can affect productivity, increase absenteeism, and raise the risk of violence in the workplace. The workplace is uniquely positioned to offer support and resources to help employees experiencing domestic violence.

Domestic violence is a serious community problem, and one of the first steps to end it is to talk about it.

There are only three possible outcomes in an abusive relationship. We have to keep in mind that either the batterer is going to stop the abuse, or the victim is going to leave that relationship, or someone is going to die....

Detective Fishel
State College Police Department

Seven Reasons to Talk About Domestic Violence in the Workplace

  1. Domestic violence affects many employees. 31% of American women report being physically or sexually abused by a husband or boyfriend at some point in their lives.1

  2. Domestic violence is a security and liability concern. 94% of corporate security directors surveyed rank domestic violence as a high security problem at their company.2

  3. Domestic violence is a performance and productivity concern. In one study of batterers, 41% had job performance problems and 48% had difficulty concentrating on the job because of their abusive behaviors.3

  4. Domestic Violence is a health care concern. Direct medical and mental health care service for victims amount to nearly $4.1 billion.4

  5. Domestic Violence is a management issue. In a 2002 survey of senior corporate executives, 91 percent said that domestic violence affects both the private and working lives of their employees.5

  6. Taking action in response to domestic violence works. In one factory, employee requests for workplace counseling services for domestic abuse was 14 times greater after participation in domestic violence training.6

  7. YOU can make a difference! You can make a difference in your workplace and in the lives of employees who are facing abuse. Contact the Center County Women’s Resource Center to schedule training for your workplace TODAY!