Domestic Violence & the Workplace

February 2014

Domestic violence has an effect on thousands of New Yorkers’ lives daily, yielding challenges in both personal and professional capacities. In the workplace, domestic violence often compromises the safety of both the victim and his or her co-workers. It can also generate many concerns for employees and their employers regarding reduced productivity, plus increased absenteeism, turnover and health care costs.

CUNY disapproves of violence against women, men, or children in any form, whether as an act of workplace violence or in any employee’s personal life. Review the University’s Policy on Domestic Violence and the Workplace and the procedures outlined.

Each college campus has created a domestic violence workplace safety response plan and is prepared to provide reasonable means to assist victimized employees wherever possible. To address domestic violence risks, prevention and awareness at the individual level, CUNY implemented mandatory online training to be completed annually by all employees. This 15-minute interactive training webinar includes information on the physical, social and cultural realities that may affect victims of domestic violence, how domestic violence can compromise employee safety and adversely impact the workplace.