February 8, 2008
Business Forum addresses family violence
Domestic violence doesn’t stay at home when its victims go to work. Its effects are far-reaching and often manifest themselves in the workplace through victims’ absenteeism, loss of productivity and high insurance costs. Seventy-five percent of victims are harassed on the job, and abusive partners often use company resources, computers and email to carry-out such harassment.
Through absenteeism alone, family violence costs employers between $3-5 billion dollars annually and approximately 175,000 hours of lost productivity. One in four women in the United States will find herself in an abusive relationship at some point in her life, and this statistic alone demonstrates the potential impact of domestic violence on the work environment.
Most central Ohio employers do not have systems or guidelines to handle these potentially explosive and dangerous situations, and many do not realize the impact that domestic violence can have on their companies and employees.
The Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence works with employers to help them develop effective policies and procedures for dealing with domestic and family violence. The Coalition provides training and appropriate resource materials to help employers comprehensively address the issue. Research shows that the workplace is one of the places where a victim can turn for help.
We invite you to attend our Business Forum on Tuesday, February 26, at Limited Brands, Three Limited Parkway, Columbus. You will learn about liability, costs and the impact of domestic violence on the workplace, and how local companies have successfully implemented organizational policy and training in their businesses. By addressing the issue of family violence, employers have the ability to save lives, provide a safe work environment and improve their company’s bottom line.
The event is free but space is limited and RSVPs are required by February 8! Call Kate Marckworth at 614/722.8308 or email Kate@TheColumbusCoalition.org.