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Vt. AG talks about reducing domestic violence

Burlington, Vermont - October 12, 2010

Domestic violence is a scourge on society. Thousands of Vermont women are in constant physical danger-- not from strangers-- but from their husbands and boyfriends. And the impact of domestic violence isn't isolated to the home. It also infects the work place.

According to the Vermont Attorney General's office, 20 percent of employed adults are the victims of domestic violence.

And 74 percent of battered women are harassed by their partner at work. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell appeared on The :30 to talk about the partnership between his office and several advocacy groups to educate employers about domestic violence. They teach them how to improve safety for battered women and men who work.

They offer a brochure with tips for a safe and secure work place. Some of those recommendations include:

  • Provide information to front desk/security
  • Relocate employee
  • Install buzzer system
  • Limit access to building
  • Escort employee in parking lot
  • Add lighting
  • Arrange priority parking

Click here for a link to the brochure "Domestic Violence: A Workplace Issue".

The office has also created two other handouts for employers. The first one includes a resource list for women in crisis. The second one is a sample policy for businesses to use a guide when developing their own domestic violence policies.

Sample Workplace Protocol

Model Personnel Policy for Vermont Employers

Watch the video for more.


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