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Employers typically take violence in the workplace seriously and do their best to prevent it from happening and address it if it does. But for a long time, another threat just as devastating has been lurking in the workplace shadows: domestic violence.

There’s a widespread understanding of the grave impact domestic violence has on personal lives and the havoc it wreaks on families and communities. Now more attention is being paid to its effect at work.

Sometimes, incidents of domestic violence actually happen in the workplace. But the impact goes far beyond immediate safety concerns.

 “While it is certainly a workplace safety issue, [domestic violence] as a workplace issue should concern employers from a productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism, turnover and health care perspective,” says Kim Wells, executive director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence. “It is in an employer’s enlightened self-interest to a...(register to read more)

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