Domestic Violence at Work - Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn’t?

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Thursday December 17 2015
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On December 1st, 2015, Sister Diane Mitchell and I had the opportunity to attend the launch of the Domestic Violence at Work Resource Centre, a Canadian Labour Congress initiative.  Many representatives from various unions and Members of Parliament from different political parties were also in attendance.


“[I] lied about injury and absence due to fear and not able to admit to abuse at that time.”

A voice from the CLC survey

Domestic violence is defined as any form of physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse, including financial control, stalking and harassment.  It occurs between opposite or same-sex intimate partners, who may or may not be married, common law, or living together.  It can also continue to happen after a relationship has ended.

According to a survey published on the Canadian Labour Congress site, many workers are overwhelmed dealing with domestic violence issues at work, and our employers and governments do not offer enough financial and legislative support to help them.

  • Over half (53.5%) of those reporting DV experiences indicated that at least one type of abusive act occurred at or near the workplace.
  • Overall, 81.9% of those experiencing DV reported that it negatively affected their work performance.

This site canadianlabour.ca/issues-research/domestic-violence-work has loads of information and resources to help understand the need to talk about the issue and to seek support. 

Please feel free to share this information.  It could be very useful to someone near you.

In solidarity,

Marc Roussel
National Union Representative - Health and Safety