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Study shows Atlanta executives agree domestic violence affects the workplace

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Study shows Atlanta executives agree domestic violence affects the workplace

Local nonprofit to train businesses to protect employees and profits


ATLANTA, March 29, 2011 – The recently released Partnership Against Domestic Violence commissioned survey conducted with metro Atlanta business leaders reveals that 83 percent of surveyed executives believe that domestic violence could cause significant losses of company revenue. The study conducted by The Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, found that surveyed executives agree that intimate partner violence is a problem that affects the workplace and that addressing the issue from a prevention standpoint would be less costly than doing so on a case-by-case basis.

To help employers take a preventive approach to workplace domestic violence, PADV is hosting its 10th annual training, “When Domestic Violence Goes to Work” on April 28, 2011, at UPS World headquarters. The economic cost of intimate partner violence to the U.S. economy and specifically to businesses will be examined in this year’s conference theme, “Safety is good for Business.” Attendees will learn how to make a business case for addressing workplace domestic violence and develop policies and best practices that balance the safety of abused employees with the overall organizational goals of the company.

“Approximately 18,700 violent incidents are committed each year by an intimate partner in the workplace. It is inevitable that the abuser will seek out the abused employee at work, endangering the victim and possibly co-workers,” said Cathy Willis Spraetz, PADV president and chief executive officer. “The time to figure out what to do isn’t after a fatal shooting, but before the crisis happens. PADV can help employers plan in the quiet comfort of a conference room rather than in the aftermath of a tragedy.”

Dr. Ludy Green, PhD, a national and international spokesperson on financial independence for victims of domestic violence survivors and their children will make the keynote address. Dr. Green is the president and founder of Second Chance Employment Services (SCES), a not-for-profit organization, which provides meaningful employment for battered and abused women. She currently serves as U.S. Delegate to Jordan and Syria on gender violence issues. Dr. Green will address the role of economic security as a strong defense against domestic violence. “Employers need to take this problem very seriously, not just because it can affect co-workers of the victim, but also because every victim needs to keep her job.”

The conference is presented by Verizon Wireless and sponsored by The Swan Center for Plastic Surgery, Macy’s, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Labor. The cost of registration for for-profit businesses is $235; $210 for ASIS International and SHRM Atlanta members and $85 for nonprofit and government sectors. To register for the conference, or to get additional information, call 404.870.9605 or visit padv.org. The event is co-hosted by SHRM-Atlanta, ASIS International Greater Atlanta Chapter, and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer Foundation.

About PADV: PADV is the largest and one of the oldest nonprofit domestic violence agencies in Georgia. Serving metro Atlanta since 1975, PADV helps to transform the lives of approximately 18,000 women and children every year through emergency intervention, violence prevention and long-term advocacy. PADV’s mission is to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors. Visit padv.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Intimate Partner Violence in Georgia: Intimate partner violence is widespread. In 2009, there were 125 domestic violence related homicides in Georgia, which was a 12 percent increase over the previous year. Georgia is 10th in the nation for its rate of men killing women. One in four women will experience intimate partner violence. According to the CDC, domestic violence costs more than $8.3 billion annually through increased health care costs. Homicide is the second leading cause of death for women in the workplace. Juries award an average of $1.2 million nationwide in inadequate security lawsuits resulting from domestic violence in the workplace. In this economy, a lawsuit of that magnitude would force many companies to close their doors.

Background on When Domestic Violence Goes to Work: Covered by both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, since the conference’s inception in 2002, approximately 700 business professionals have attended the conference from some of Atlanta’s largest and most influential corporations including: Verizon Wireless, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia-Pacific, The Home Depot, Georgia-Pacific, Macy’s, Emory University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Rock-Tenn.

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Contact: Susan Berryman-Rodriguez (404) 870-9605 or (404) 273-0008 susan@padv.org

 
 
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