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Domestic Violence is physical, sexual or psychological abuse directed towards one’s spouse, partner, or other family member within the household. The New York State Coalition defines domestic violence as “abusive behavior – emotional, psychological, physical, or sexual – that one person in an intimate relationship uses in order to control the other. It takes many different forms and includes behaviors such as threats, name-calling, preventing contact with family or friends, withholding money, actual or threatened physical harm and sexual assault. Stalking can also be a form of domestic violence.”
Domestic violence can be:
- Direct physical violence, ranging from unwanted physical contact to rape and murder.
- Indirect physical violence, including destruction of objects, throwing objects near the victim, harm to animals
Verbal threats of physical violence to the victim, the self, or others including children, ranging from explicit, detailed and impending to implicit and vague as to both content and time frame.
Verbal violence, including threats, insults, put-downs, attacks,Nonverbal threats, including gestures, facial expressions, body postures,Economic/social abuse,Controlling victim’s money and other economic resources, preventing victim from seeing friends and relatives, actively sabotaging victim’s social relationships and isolating victim from social contacts.
- Domestic Violence in the Workplace Statistics
- The Statistic presented by American Institute on domestic violence
- National Cost of Domestic Violence
- The health-related costs of rape, physical assault, stalking, and homicide by intimate partners exceed $5.8 billion each year.
- Of this total, nearly $4.1 billion is for victims requiring direct medical and mental health care services.
- Lost productivity and earnings due to intimate partner violence accounts for almost $1.8 billion each year.
- Intimate partner violence victims lose nearly 8.0 million days of paid work each year – the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs and nearly 5.6 million days of household productivity.
- Your Corporate Peers
- 68% of senior executives surveyed agreed that their company’s financial performance would benefit from addressing the issue of domestic violence among its employees.
- 94% of corporate security directors rank domestic violence as a high security risk.
- 78% of Human Resource Directors identify domestic violence as a substantial employee problem
- 56% of corporate leaders are personally aware of specific employees who are affected by domestic violence.
- 60% of senior executives said that domestic violence has a harmful effect on their company’s productivity.
The Human Factor
- 85-95% of all domestic violence victims are female.
- Over 500,000 women are stalked by an intimate partner each year.
- 5.3 million Women are abused each year.
- 1,232 women are killed each year by an intimate partner.
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women.
- Women are more likely to be attacked by someone they know rather than by a stranger.
Domestic Violence in the Workplace
- Homicide is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace.
- Of the approximately 1.7 million incidents of workplace violence that occur in the US every year, 18,700 are committed by an intimate partner: a current or former spouse, lover, partner, or boyfriend/girlfriend.
- Of Battered Workers:
96% experience problems at work due to abuse
- 74% are harassed while at work by their abuser
- 56% are late to work
- 28% leave work early
- 54% miss entire days of work