atypical research was conducted by “
University of Toronto” and “Western
University” to study the influence
of Domestic Violence in workplaces and on employee’s performance and
productivity. This study focuses more on the offenders than the offended.
This limelight on perpetrators is to provide them “prevention and intervention” measures because avoiding the perpetrators or
keeping them out of workplace is not the right means to hold the abuser
accountable for violent acts.
violence is not so domestic. It affects not only the victim and the guilty
party but also other people involved in their lives like parents, neighbors and
co-workers. This study is very intriguing and engrossing as this puts
light on perpetrators of domestic violence rather than just concerning the
victims. This deals with not the HOME
but the WORK.
subjects for this survey were provided by Ontario’s Partner Assault Response
(PAR) program – an intervention program for domestic violence criminals. 22 PAR programs joined the survey and
a homogeneous mixture of respondents from different areas was formed. The
graphs ( Pie chart and Table) show the homogeneity subjects from various
regions and participating PAR agencies.501
participants undertook this study out of which 88 percent were heterosexual
men, 6 percent were retired employees and the rest of them were women
offenders. Canadians consisted of 84% of the respondents while merely 13%
belonged to the minorities. Out of the 501respondents, 7% were the voluntary
attendees with PAR while rest of them joined because of Early Intervention or
The research studied about the Job
Sector, Employment status, Size of Workplace and Unionization of the respondents. The result of the survey was astonishing. A vast majority of
people (71%) reported to be in touch
with their ex-partner during work hours
and 34% accepted torturing partner
emotionally using texts, calls or emails, while on work. The pie chart clearly
depicts that 69%of domestic violence perpetrators , 69 percent emotionally
abused while 71 percent of them monitored their partner’s activities.
concern of the research( how domestic violence affects workplace) is reported well by the samples. 45 percent believes that Domestic
violence very often affect their work
negatively while 38 percent believes that domestic violence has medium impact
on their performance. According to the study, Domestic violence also
results in takin time off from work , hence affecting work and
performance.However, 48% of the
respondendts demanded more involvement of workplaces to reduce aftermath of domestic violence on
productivity and safety.
The shortcoming of this study was the
limited number of the respondents and lesser involvement of women as
perpetrators. The study is unclear about the degree of domestic violence
perpetuated by the subject and its impact on his work. Another thing that makes
the study questionable is no use of intensive questionnaire regarding work
because every person works in a different job sector with different work
environments (A factory worker has different work conditions than a manager in
a multi-national company). The responses of every person cannot culminate into
an easy result as shown in the study. The study only asks some certain set
questions and does not go deep into a person’s work ethics.
is ambiguity about the study results which makes it difficult for me to
completely agree with them. To make this research more extensive there is a
need of collecting more information about the domestic violence criminals and
their work, workplaces, work ethics and their position. The study do answer some of its core questions like affect of domestic
violence on work and productivity but it gives no answer on how to make
perpetrators accountable for their deeds, not just by taking away their job or
slap a court case but other means of intermediating and stopping violence.