Why Join?

Besides the fact that it’s the right thing to do, there are compelling business, health and cultural reasons to join the Safety Net.

Domestic violence offenders want control over their victims everywhere possible. Places of worship, medical facilities, entertainment facilities and yes, the workplace.

As employers, supervisors and HR managers we are in a unique position to affect positive change in the lives of victims and in our own workplace.

24% of workplace violence stems from personal relationships.

Health & Safety in the Workplace

Domestic violence at home has the potential to spill over into the workplace, either through unwanted attention from the offender or even violence.

A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. It’s a given that when things aren’t right at home, performance and morale at work is affected.

Did you know that victims of domestic violence are:

80
More likely to have a
Stroke
70
More likely to have
Heart Disease
70
More likely to
Drink Heavily
60
More likely to have
Asthma

It’s Good Business

According to a 2014 study, Canadian employers lose $77.9 million a year due to the effects of domestic violence. What can you do? Leadership matters and workplace solutions start with you, the employer. The tone you set and the actions you take, speak very loudly about your leadership and your company’s culture.

Directors, managers and supervisors shape policies, enforce standards and guide workplace behaviour. A positive workplace promotes a positive public image. Healthy and motivated employees contribute well to the company’s mission and production. When we can reduce distractions, employees can focus on company goals. We are all in this together.

  • It is all about leadership
  • Positive public image
  • Healthy employees
  • Reduction of distractions
  • Focus on company goals
  • Collegial employee interactions
  • Proactive management
  • Supportive behaviour matters
  • Employer actions speak loudly
  • Be part of solution early
  • Reduce consequences ASAP
  • We’re in this together

It’s Your Duty Under the
Occupational Health & Safety Act

Employers who are aware or who ought reasonably to be aware that domestic violence, that would likely expose a worker to physical injury may occur in the workplace, must take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect a worker.

Domestic violence is interpreted in a manner consistent with the workplace violence definition when it may occur in the workplace.

– Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act