Sun Media: Domestic violence follows Canadians to work: study

LONDON, Ont. -- More than a third of Canadian workers have experienced domestic violence and for half of them, it's followed them to work, according to a new study by Western University and the Canadian Labour Congress.

Through an online survey, researchers collected data from more than 8,400 Canadian workers over the age of 15.

Original Article by Sun News | 27 November 2014

Among the respondents who had experienced domestic violence, the findings showed:

    82% said domestic violence had affected their work performance, mostly due to feeling distracted, tired or unwell.
    More than half said that domestic violence followed them to work, including abusive phone calls or texts (40%), stalking or harassment near the workplace (21%), the abuser coming to the workplace (18%), abusive email messages (15%) or the abuser contacting co-workers or the employer (15%).
    38% said domestic violence affected their ability to get to work, and almost 10% said they'd lost their job due to domestic violence.
    Most people who disclosed domestic violence did so to their co-workers (82%), with just less than half reporting to their supervisor or manager (45%).

"Everyone has to understand the implications of domestic violence because it's very clear that it happens in every work place, and everyone, not just the HR people and managers, needs to be aware of it," said Peter Jaffe, a professor at Western University's Faculty of Education and the academic director at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children.

"Domestic violence has become a part of our every day conversation, whether it's in the Canadian P​arliament, the CBC, the NFL," Jaffe said. "The reality is that we haven't had any Canadian numbers to back up what people who work with domestic violence survivors know."