Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence and the Workplace



Protect Your Most Important Asset: Employees

Domestic violence affects the lives and compromises the safety of thousands of New Yorkers each day, with tragic, destructive and sometimes fatal results. In addition to taking a tremendous toll on the individuals it directly affects, domestic violence often spills over into the workplace, compromising the safety of both victims and co-workers. Domestic violence in the workplace creates many human resource concerns, including, but not limited to, lost productivity, increased health care costs, increased absenteeism and increased employee turnover.

Important Facts You Should Know:

What You Can Do:

For More Information

If you need assistance on addressing domestic violence in the workplace, the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) is available to provide technical assistance with policy and training to all public and private businesses/agencies in New York State. Contact for further information. Visit OPDV's Workplace web page.


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