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A global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
The Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence:
After years of enduring domestic abuse, Ellen flees from her husband, Paul. She moves in with a friend and changes her personal phone number and email address. Soon Ellen begins receiving threatening phone calls and emails at work. Then one day she finds Paul waiting for her in the office parking lot where he threatens to kill her unless she returns. Ellen doesn’t know who to turn to or where to go. For years, she has been hiding the abuse from her friends, family, coworkers and employers.
When a woman is being abused at home by her domestic partner, she does not leave the abuse behind when she goes to work. The workplace may be the only
Warning signs that a co-worker may be a victim of abuse:
A domestic violence victim may be reluctant to discuss her situation out of fear or embarrassment. Approach her with extreme care and:
Employers can be powerful allies for women experiencing domestic violence. They can:
Established in 1994, the Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence is an ongoing effort to raise awareness about a seldom addressed domestic violence issue: domestic violence as a workplace concern. The Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence is a comprehensive campaign providing information, materials and support specifically designed for employees who are the target of domestic abuse, their co-workers and their employers.
How can you help?
• Sign up for Soroptimist's online Live Your Dream community, LiveYourDream.org, and join with others working on this issue. There, you can access instructions for participating in the campaign, download sample policies and guidelines for implementing domestic violence workplace polices, and order Keeping Women Safe at Work hotline cards
Soroptimist members: Access resources for administering this program
Domestic Violence in the Workplace Facts:
• Of adults surveyed, 44 percent personally experienced the effects of domestic violence's in their workplaces (Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence)
• Domestic violence victims lose a total of nearly $8 million days of paid work each year – the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs. (Centers for Disease Control)
• American businesses experience nearly $2 billion in productivity loses each year. (Family Violence Prevention Fund)