Domestic Violence Can Follow You to Your Workplace
When we think of domestic violence, we think of violence behind closed doors in our homes. But what we don’t realize is that domestic abuse is not isolated to one specific place.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a survey conducted in 2005 found 21 percent of full-time workers were victims of domestic violence and more than 75 percent of domestic violence perpetrators had used workplace resources to either check up on, express anger or remorse, and even threaten their victims. In some cases, the abuser is known to have stalked his victim at his/her workplace – about 130,000 stalking victims said they had lost their job because of stalkers.
The victim is not the only one who is suffering because of the workplace. Loss of productivity because of the abuse can cost companies millions. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated the annual cost of productivity loss because of domestic violence is $725.8 million. Not to mention the employee who will possibly lose his/her job because of the violence.
It’s an embarrassing and difficult situation when confronting someone about being abused. However, you should consider talking to your co-worker if you witness the following signs:
- Unexplained injuries
- Inappropriate dress, such as wearing a turtleneck in the summertime
- A sensitivity on the subject of his/her home life
- Absences or lateness to work
- Frequent phone calls or gifts
- Isolation from others
Here are some tips on how to approach a co-worker you suspect has been abused. And if you are a victim of domestic abuse, we are here to help you. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, PC today for a free consultation and we’ll get you the help that you need.