Businesses Have Role to Play in Reducing Family Violence 04/25/2005
I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Family violence costs businesses between $3 billion and $5 billion a year, according to the Family Violence Prevention Fund. As an employer of 17,000 people in North Texas, Texas Health Resources faces the same problems as other employers. So, five years ago, THR began a program to address this issue.
We’ve learned a great deal from our Family Violence Prevention program. Reaching beyond the walls of our hospitals, THR partnered with a number of community advocates to raise awareness of the issue and help other businesses understand the role employers can play in reducing family violence.
We established a Family Violence Prevention Employer Pilot program with seven participating companies. We provide them with information and training similar to what we provide to physicians and hospital staff. The training helps people recognize and respond to family violence indicators.
No person and no business is immune to family violence. The workplace is one of the few places where victims of family violence feel somewhat safe, so it is a logical place for extending help. Businesses in North Texas can tap a wealth of resources to provide the help their employees need to escape the terror of family violence. I’m glad to say that THR is one of those resources.
For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne.