The impacts of domestic violence do not subside during the hours of 9 – 5. The effects of living with abuse permeate every facet of a person’s life, including work. Domestic violence disrupts a person’s ability to work well at a time when they need an income.
Victims of domestic violence may miss work as a result of illness or injury. Or, because they have to appear in court or at other appointments. Perpetrators may also try to sabotage their partner’s work by limiting their access to transport to get to work. Or for example, by hiding her uniform.
At work, victims of domestic violence may lack concentration, be anxious or stressed. They are likely to suffer from low self esteem, a lack of self-confidence or depression. This significantly affects performance levels.
Domestic violence in the workplace
Often violence will continue during work hours. Perpetrators may send threatening messages or call constantly to harass their victim. They may turn up at the workplace, which then becomes a health and safety issue, not only for the victim, but also for other employees.