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Domestic violence victims get help from their employer

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Domestic violence victims who work for Phoenix-based marketing communications firm McMurry Inc. have a place to stay.

They get unlimited paid leave and support from their managers, who help check them into a free shelter. If they need lawyers, the company pays for them.

The organization’s founder started Theresa’s Fund, a charity that has raised more than $16 million for victims of child abuse and domestic violence. Staff members voluntarily contribute to the fund, and employees select the charities that receive the grants.

Domestic violence, says HR VP Lee Vikre, “is not an uncommon thing. You know it’s possible some of our staff will experience this, and we wanted to be proactive about it.”

Only a few of the firm’s 180 employees have used the domestic-violence benefit, says Vikre, who notes, “Having a company with strong staff lose somebody because she didn’t have time to deal with [domestic violence] … What we spend is mitigated by that factor.”

Contact: Lee Vikre at lee.vikre@mcmurry.com.

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