The Impact of Violence on Workplace Communities

Violence affects the workplace in a number of ways. Absenteeism, impaired job performance, and loss of experienced employees are only some of the costs that companies and affected employees bear as a direct result of violence.

Personal history, resources, culture, and the context of a survivor’s life may shape his or her reaction to violence. Some survivors may share their experience right away; others may prefer to keep their feelings private. As friends, co-workers, and community members try to make sense of what happened, they may experience similar reactions to those of a survivor.

This factsheet explores the ways in which domestic and sexual violence, and stalking impact the workplace, survivors, and the community.