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Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Domestic violence can spill over into the workplace, compromising the safety of both victims and co-workers and resulting in lost productivity, increased healthcare costs, absenteeism and employee turnover. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) encourages business leaders and employers to take additional steps in implementing policies and programs that treat domestic violence as a serious, recognizable and preventable problem like thousands of other workplace health and safety issues.

Governor Mike DeWine signed the current executive order implementing a policy and training for roughly 60,000 employees of cabinet agencies, boards and commissions on workplace domestic violence on January 31, 2019.  This policy was created as an initiative under former Governor Ted Strickland’s Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach and led to the original executive order (2008) and continued under John R. Kasich (2011).  Many state agencies have taken an active role in this project, including ODH, Administrative Services, Public Safety and Employee Assistance Program plus a diverse representation of non-governmental entities throughout Ohio.   

State of Ohio employees and managers can receive credit for Responding to Domestic Violence in the Workplace Training  and sign-up for See the Signs Training via Ohio Learns through myOhio.


Barbara Warner Workplace Domestic Violence Resources


National Resource for Employers: U.S. Office on Violence Against Women and Family Violence Prevention Fund

This is a resource for employers to address the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace. "Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center" provides information, resources, tools and technical assistance to employers and labor organizations to facilitate and encourage safer and more effective responses to employees who are victims of domestic, sexual and dating violence or stalking.  Learn more at: Workplaces Responds