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It's no secret that domestic violence is an epidemic that is profoundly affecting American communities and workplaces. The U.S. Justice Department reports that in 60,000 incidents of on-the-job violence each year, the victims immediately knew their attacker.
For many women suffering from domestic violence, the workplace is no haven because stalking, threats and violence follow them to their job. In the past, workplaces did little to address domestic violence issues. But today, businesses realize the great costs incurred from domestic violence in lost production estimated at $3-5 billion annually. Employers and labor organizations have begun to consider the special needs of their workers who may be abused or perpetrators of domestic violence, and the implications of those needs for corporate policy and programs. Employers and unions realize that domestic violence affects people in the workplace in many ways that have a direct bearing on productivity and effectiveness.