Domestic violence impacts our entire community – including the workplace. Intimate partner violence affects employee health and safety, negatively impacts productivity, and can increase employer health care costs. In fact, 44 percent of respondents to a recent survey have personally experienced domestic violence in the workplace – most frequently because a co-worker was a victim.
Co-workers and supervisors are in a unique position to not only recognize signs of domestic violence but also to create workplace environments that foster safety and well-being for all employees.
Recognizing the impact domestic violence often has on employees and their place of employment, we partner with local businesses to conduct specialized training on domestic violence in the workplace. With this new curriculum, case studies, and training materials, we have helped employees and employers:
- Understand domestic violence and its impact on victims and the workplace;
- Gain knowledge of specific policies and protocols within the businesses related to safety and domestic violence; and
- Develop new tools and skills they can use to help victims and address domestic violence in the workplace
For more information, contact Lesley Coghill at 616-494-1741 or LesleyC@cwitmi.org