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Texas Health Resources Family Violence Prevention and Your Workplace Program
Texas Health Resources believes health encompasses the whole person — body, mind and spirit — and that family violence threatens all three of these components. For that reason, Texas Health has made a long-term, sustainable commitment to address family violence and its effect on the health of those in the communities we serve.
Family violence is a widespread, public health issue that impacts millions of people across the U.S. on a daily basis. Family violence falls into the categories of partner or spousal abuse (domestic abuse), child abuse, sibling abuse, elder abuse and dating violence. It is a pattern of assault and coercive behaviors — including physical, sexual, psychological attacks and economic coercion — which result in causing hurt, fear, injury, suffering or death. On the surface, family violence may not appear to be a workplace concern. However, family violence affects people wherever they are — at home, in the community and where they work. Understanding that family violence has adverse impacts for employers is critical.
Employers are in an uncomfortable position when it comes to dealing with the issue of family violence with their employees. It is difficult to maintain the delicate balance in addressing the concerns of the individual employee living with family violence, protecting other employees and customers, and adhering to the legal obligations of the organization.
The Business Impact of Family Violence
Family violence costs the nation $5 to $10 billion annually in medical, legal and social service expenses; sick leave, absenteeism and non-productivity.
- Create awareness and sensitivity to the problem of family violence and its effects in the workplace.
- Teach managers how to deal with family violence and protect the rights of the victim and others in the workplace.
- Provide knowledge or resources and referrals available to employees.
- Provide steps and procedures to use in different workplace situations that may be a result of family violence.
- Discuss definitions and dynamics of family violence.
- Identify appropriate family violence intervention activities for individuals of various roles.
Every year, family violence causes approximately 100,000 days of hospitalization, 28,700 emergency room visits and 39,900 physician visits.
A study of survivors of family violence found that 74 percent were harassed at work by their abusive husbands and partners; family violence caused 56 percent to be late to work at least five times a month, 28 percent to leave early at least five days a month and 54 percent to miss at least three days of work a month.