Study Links Domestic Violence with Lost Productivity

A European study looked into how domestic violence affects productivity. About 6,600 workers from L’Oreal, BNP Paribas, Carrefour, the Kerring Foundation and French railway company SNCF, participated in the survey.

The companies are part of One in Three Women network, which finds them committed to detecting and supporting victims of domestic violence, with “one in three” coming from a report that found one in three women assaulted, raped and harassed in their lifetimes.

The study revealed 16% of women and 4% of men are currently experiencing domestic violence. Last year, a UN international labor organization report was released and revealed that two out of 10 full-time employees were directly affected by domestic violence in their romantic relationships. About one-third reported violence from their partners at one point during their working lives.

A European study found about 22% of women had experienced physical or sexual violence from their previous or current partner, while 43% had experienced psychological abuse. The economic cost of violence against women in the European Union totaled to 228 billion euros in 2011.

The current study found abuse at or near the workplace or on social networks were the primary ways domestic violence reached the professional world. About 55% of those who participated in the survey said domestic violence led to a decrease in productivity due to being tired, distraught or distracted. They revealed they experience psychological control, injuries, threats and/or have had their keys or other items essential to their jobs taken away from them. Some even reported physical restraint or sexual violence.

The Realist Woman’s take:

This is literally an international crisis. The survey revealed that one in 10 respondents knows a colleague who has experienced domestic violence, and one in five said their work has been affected by a colleague’s situation.

I appreciate the companies listed above for this survey. It’s rare that businesses and organizations take an interest in a topic like this, but ultimately it does affect their bottom line. Domestic Violence is also an economic issue and costs the professional world billions of dollars in lost productivity. 

I think publicly, the consensus is domestic violence and violence against women in general is a societal ill that must be confronted and stopped. But the enforcement of laws against this violence is lacking. I just published a story about how women in Cuba are starting to see for the first time, the government even acknowledging domestic violence and gender motivated killings. 

An issue usually isn’t taken on unless there is some financial cost, and maybe countries within the EU will start to take domestic violence seriously since it is costing them billions. It’s sad to say it that way, but we are where we are because this violence has been accepted for too long.

Study links domestic violence to less productivity