When we think of gender-based issues in the workplace we often think only of sexual harassment and what employers can do to prevent and address it through policy and programming. However, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking and Sexual Assault are not isolated to home settings and are in fact highly prevalent at work with sometimes tragic consequences. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the cost of intimate partner rape, physical assault and stalking totaled $8.3 billion annually in 2003 dollars. This includes costs of direct medical and mental health care services and lost productivity from paid work and household chores.
Also, consider 2005 phone survey of 1,200 full-time American employees which found that 44 percent of full-time employed adults personally experienced domestic violence's effect in their workplaces, and 21 percent identified themselves as victims of intimate partner violence. With the prevalence and magnitude of this issue so high, it is critical to include them in discussions about workplace and employee safety.
In this section, you will find creative and innovative ways to address IPV when it comes to work, along with policies and best practices.
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 CAEPV National Benchmark Telephone Survey. 2005. Bloomington, IL: Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence.
Through Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center (Workplaces Respond), FUTURES is building innovative partnerships between companies, worker associations and unions, and anti-violence advocates and service providers to increase the safety and economic security of vulnerable workers. The program offers a variety of tools, including:
1) Online Resources: The Workplaces Respond website contains a wealth of resources for employers, unions, and advocates—including interactive training modules and a video, a model workplace policy for addressing violence, fact sheets, and protection order guides. 2) Best Practices Highlighted Through Our Low-wage Worker Pilot Project 3) Training and Technical Assistance. 4) Outreach to Raise Awareness. Workplaces Respond is a partnership of eight national legal and violence prevention organizations led by FUTURES, and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.
The Worker Institute at Cornell engages in research and education on contemporary labor issues, to generate innovative thinking and solutions to problems related to work, economy and society. The institute brings together researchers, educators and students with practitioners in labor, business and policymaking to confront growing economic and social inequalities, in the interests of working people and their families. A core value of the Worker Institute is that collective representation and workers' rights are vital to a fair economy, robust democracy and just society.
See The Signs & Speak Out: Become an Upstander series includes three new employer training programs aimed at educating employees on how to recognize and respond to abuse. Materials were designed to further public conversation about domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual assault and to encourage safe and effective bystander interventions to reduce violence and assault.