Anatypical research was conducted by “University of Toronto” and “WesternUniversity” to study the influenceof Domestic Violence in workplaces and on employee’s performance andproductivity. 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 orkeeping them out of workplace is not the right means to hold the abuseraccountable for violent acts.Domesticviolence is not so domestic. It affects not only the victim and the guiltyparty but also other people involved in their lives like parents, neighbors andco-workers.
This study is very intriguing and engrossing as this putslight on perpetrators of domestic violence rather than just concerning thevictims. This deals with not the HOMEbut the WORK.Thesubjects 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 anda homogeneous mixture of respondents from different areas was formed. Thegraphs ( Pie chart and Table) show the homogeneity subjects from variousregions and participating PAR agencies.501participants undertook this study out of which 88 percent were heterosexualmen, 6 percent were retired employees and the rest of them were womenoffenders.
Canadians consisted of 84% of the respondents while merely 13%belonged to the minorities. Out of the 501respondents, 7% were the voluntaryattendees with PAR while rest of them joined because of Early Intervention orFamily courts.The research studied about the JobSector, Employment status, Size of Workplace and Unionization of the respondents. The result of the survey was astonishing. A vast majority ofpeople (71%) reported to be in touchwith their ex-partner during work hoursand 34% accepted torturing partneremotionally using texts, calls or emails, while on work. The pie chart clearlydepicts that 69%of domestic violence perpetrators , 69 percent emotionallyabused while 71 percent of them monitored their partner’s activities.Theconcern of the research( how domestic violence affects workplace) is reported well by the samples. 45 percent believes that Domesticviolence very often affect their worknegatively while 38 percent believes that domestic violence has medium impacton their performance.
According to the study, Domestic violence alsoresults in takin time off from work , hence affecting work andperformance.However, 48% of therespondendts demanded more involvement of workplaces to reduce aftermath of domestic violence onproductivity and safety.The shortcoming of this study was thelimited number of the respondents and lesser involvement of women asperpetrators. The study is unclear about the degree of domestic violenceperpetuated by the subject and its impact on his work. Another thing that makesthe study questionable is no use of intensive questionnaire regarding workbecause every person works in a different job sector with different workenvironments (A factory worker has different work conditions than a manager ina multi-national company).
The responses of every person cannot culminate intoan easy result as shown in the study. The study only asks some certain setquestions and does not go deep into a person’s work ethics.Thereis ambiguity about the study results which makes it difficult for me tocompletely agree with them.
To make this research more extensive there is aneed of collecting more information about the domestic violence criminals andtheir work, workplaces, work ethics and their position. The study do answer some of its core questions like affect of domesticviolence on work and productivity but it gives no answer on how to makeperpetrators accountable for their deeds, not just by taking away their job orslap a court case but other means of intermediating and stopping violence.