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Domestic Violence Challenges the Workplace Project



Domestic violence costs employers at least $3-$5 billion a year in lost days of work and reduced productivity. --The Bureau of National Affairs

A woman is stabbed to death by her husband while walking to her car after work. Another woman is paged 25 times by a stalker in a 15-minute period while she is at work. These are recent local examples of how domestic violence permeates the workplace. Companies that do not understand the dynamics of domestic violence and appropriate responses not only increase the risk to their employees, but also put themselves at risk for increased absenteeism and lateness, workers compensation claims, health care costs, and the loss of employees due to flight, incarceration and even death.

The YWCA has received many calls from area employers who find themselves ill-equipped to respond to employee disclosure of domestic violence and has found that most workplace environments do not have protocols in place to help protect employees from workplace harassment from abusers, to identify warning signs (absenteeism, injuries) that an employee is being abused, and may not be able to respond to the needs of a battered employee in a supportive and helpful manner. Nor do they even understand the enormous impact domestic violence can have on its company’s productivity and overall environment.

To respond to this need, the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati has initiated the
Domestic Violence Challenges the Workplace Project.

Project Goals:

  • To increase awareness of domestic violence and support for workers experiencing domestic violence challenges
  • To educate employers about the effects of domestic violence on workers and the workplace
  • To increase the number of area businesses who implement Domestic Violence in the Workplace Protocol
  • To Increase corporate sponsorship and support of social programming within the community
  • To create a safe, violence-free, and supportive workplace environment for employee


Domestic violence isn't just a "domestic" issue - it doesn't just happen at home. It affects employers, co-workers, family members, friends and even strangers. When well-educated employers help women in danger, they also help themselves.

Where can you go for help?

The YWCA provides services to corporations, agencies and professionals through training and consultation activities that promote effective responses to domestic violence that include:

  • Technical assistance to area companies experiencing domestic violence in the workplace
  • Policy and procedures consultation with area businesses/organizations in human resources, security and legal liability
  • Training and conferences for health care professionals, law enforcement, clergy and educational and social agencies.
  • Publication and distribution of Domestic Violence Challenges the Workplace Resource Brochure: “Employers Principles: Attributes of a comprehensive and compassionate workplace response to domestic violence.” Download brochure here.

For more information, please call the YWCA Domestic Violence Employer Assistance Program at 513-361-2134.

YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, 898 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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