Having a job is important for victims of domestic violence to support themselves and their children. Victims might stay with or return to an abusive partner if they do not have enough money to pay the bills. There are many ways that an abuser can impact a victim’s employment. They can follow a victim to their job, call and harass them at work, make them miss work or do other things to get them fired. An abuser can also harass and stalk a victim even after they have left the relationship.
If domestic violence is affecting your job, or you left your job or were fired because of the abuse, these questions and answers on the Department of Labor’s website can help you with:
- safety at work
- deciding if you should tell your employer about the abuse
- applying for Unemployment Insurance Benefits
- filing a complaint if you experienced discrimination due to domestic violence
- finding resources for additional assistance