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Canadian Workplaces’ Experiences of Domestic Violence

Canadian employers lose $77.9 million annually due to direct and indirect impacts of domestic violence.

Canadian Workers’ Experiences of Domestic Violence

33% Have experienced domestic violence
35% Have at least one co-worker who’s experiencing, or has experienced domestic violence
12% Have at least one co-worker whom they believe is being abusive, or has been, to a partner

Of those who’ve experienced domestic violence:

54% Said it continued at work
82% Said it negatively affected their work performance
38% Said it affected their ability to get to work

 

 

 Figure 1 Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Domestic Violence in the Workplace pie chart
 Figure 2 Domestic Violence (DV) Prevalence and Gender
Domestic Violence Prevalence and Gender Chart

 

 Figure 3 Disclosure of Domestic Violence (DV) in the Workplace
OHS Domestic Violence, Quick Facts - Disclosure of Domestic Violence in the Workplace Chart
 Figure 4 Outcomes of Discussing Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Outcomes of Discussing Domestic Violence in the Workplace Chart

Sources:

  1. Western Education Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children. Recognize and respond to domestic violence in your workplace. 2014.
  2. Wathen, C.N., MacGregor, J.C.D., MacQuarrie, B.J. with the Canadian Labour Congress. Can Work be Safe, When Home Isn’t? Initial Findings of a Pan-Canadian Survey on Domestic Violence and the Workplace. London, ON: Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children. 2014.

Power and Control

In abusive relationships, abusers believe they have a right to control you by utilizing the tactics found in the power and control wheel by:

  • Telling you what to do and expecting obedience
  • Using force to maintain power and control over youFeeling that you have no right to challenge their desire for power and control
  • Feeling justified in making you comply
  • Blaming you for the abuse and not accepting responsibility for wrongful acts

Power and Control Wheel

The characteristics shown in the power and control wheel are examples of how this power and control are demonstrated and enacted against you.

Expand the following headings to learn more. This Power and Control Wheel was adapted from the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Duluth, Minnesota.