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Domestic Violence in the Workplace: The Impact on Canadian Workers

The Conference Board of Canada, December 16, 2014
Recorded Webinar
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Canadian employers lose $77.9 million annually due to the direct and indirect impacts of domestic violence on workers and workplaces and the costs, to individuals, families and society, go far beyond that. However, we know very little about the scope and impacts of this problem in Canada, and international evidence is only starting to emerge.

This 60 minute recorded webinar is led by Barb MacQuarrie, Community Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children in the Faculty of Education at Western University.

Webinar Highlights

Researchers at Western University, in partnership with the Canadian Labour Congress, have just completed the first ever Canadian survey on domestic violence in the workplace. It was offered in French and English and all workers 15 years and older were eligible.

During this session, Barb MacQuarrie discusses findings from the survey including:

  • the prevalence of domestic violence in Canadian workplaces
  • how domestic violence is impacting workers' attendance and performance
  • how often workers are disclosing domestic violence in the workplace and who they are disclosing to
  • whether or not workers are being supported when they disclose domestic violence in the workplace
  • workers' responses to measures that could provide support and safety in the workplace
  • implications and next steps

About Barb

Photo of Barb MacQuarrieBarb MacQuarrie develops and promotes evidence-based education and prevention initiatives involving both community-based and university-based partners. She manages the Make It Our Business workplace domestic violence training program. Barb is the Principle Investigator for a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant to study the impact of violence on workers and the workplace. Her work in the women's anti-violence movement has been broad ranging.

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