Partner violence does not stay at home when one or both partners are employed. Despite causing clearly-documented costly personnel and safety outcomes in the workplace, partner violence has not always been on the radar screen as a workplace issue for most corporate leaders in the U.S.
According to 2017 U.S. Department of Labor statistics, of the 159 million women in the U.S., 45% were employed, and they accounted for 47% of the total U.S. labor force. The prevalence of partner abuse victimization for adult women in the U.S. is approximately 20%; likewise, 20% of adult U.S. men disclosed in a recent study that they had been perpetrators of emotional abuse or physical violence on an intimate partner.
It is clear, then, that employers who employ women and men are highly likely to have in their workforces employees who are engaged in abusive relationships at home. And those abusive relationships can translate directly to increases employer healthcare costs, decreases worker productivity, and introduces the potential for violence into the workplace.