We already know that domestic violence and sexual assault have a huge impact on our economy, with some estimates that it costs the U.S. economy more than $8.3 billion annually. The National Business Group on Health recently published a white paper that takes a comprehensive look at the importance of addressing intimate partner violence as a workplace issue.
Some of the report's highlights:
- Health care costs for domestic violence victims, including medical and mental health services, amount to more than $4.1 billion each year
-Only 30% of U.S. workplaces have formal violence prevention programs in place, and of those, less than half have policies that specifically address violence occurring at the work site.
The report makes several recommendations about ways that businesses can take action. Some of the Business Group’s suggestions include creating a multidisciplinary task-force, developing corporate policies, and introducing training programs. We couldn’t agree more, and we encourage companies to take part in our See the Signs, Speak Out training as part of a comprehensive strategy to address domestic violence and sexual assault.