Watching for signs of domestic abuse

Includes trouble concentrating, arriving late, being less productive
By Samantha Wharton
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/26/2013

Over the years, stereotypes have supported the belief that domestic abuse happens only to a few people, is private and not a workplace problem, as shown in the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)’s 2009 Health and Safety Report.

But with the new voluntary National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, promoting good mental health for employees is gaining prominence. This includes offering workplace support to abused individuals.

Employers should know the basic facts about domestic abuse. People aged 25 to 34 are three times more likely than those 45 and older to report they have been physically or sexually assaulted by their domestic partner, according to Statistics Canada.