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Survey on Impact of Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Thursday, December 5, 2013
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This year in honour of Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) in partnership with the University of Western Ontario’s Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC) is launching a nation-wide survey on the impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces. This survey is the first of its kind in Canada.

This national survey will gather data about the prevalence and the impact of domestic violence in the workplace. It will provide made-in-Canada research that will help unions, employers, advocates and governments develop good public policy and provide data for unions to use at the bargaining table.

A similar survey conducted in Australia through a partnership between the University of New South Wales and organized labour produced laws giving over one million Australian workers domestic and family violence workplace benefits, including dedicated paid leave, protection from adverse action and flexible work arrangements. 

When workers experience domestic violence at home, the impacts are felt in the workplace. A recent study by Justice Canada highlights this fact by estimating that employers lose $77.9 million annually as a result of domestic violence. But the costs, both financial and personal, go far beyond that.

Unions have worked hard to pressure governments to pass workplace violence legislation that offers some protection for workers experiencing violence in the home, but there is much more we can do.

We are encouraging all workers to complete the survey and to encourage others to participate.

The survey is online and available in English and French until June 6, 2014. Any worker over the age of 15 is encouraged to complete the survey, whether or not they have personally experienced or witnessed domestic violence. It is completely anonymous and takes between 10 and 30 minutes to complete. You can click on the link above or scan the QR code below to complete the survey on your mobile phone.

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The Canadian Labour Congress believes that this research will not only help unions negotiate better workplace support for any worker experiencing violence, but will also also result in better legislation and policies for all workers. Please help us make work safer for everyone.

Rysa Kronebusch and Susan Orr
MoveUP Women’s Rights Committee Co-Chairs

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