Saf Health Work.  2011 Sep;2(3):250-259.

Employers' Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence among a Diverse Workforce

  • 1School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • 2College of Education, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA.
  • 3Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA.


Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant global public health concern, affecting 5.3 million US individuals annually. An estimated 1 in 3 women globally are abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime, and the effects carry over into the workplace. This article examines employers' perceptions of IPV in the workplace, targeting supervisors of Latina employees.
Fourteen employers and supervisors of small service-sector companies in Oregon were interviewed using semi-structured interviews. Interpretive description was used to identify themes. These qualitative interviews preceded and helped to formulate a larger workplace intervention study.
The following themes were found and are detailed: (1) factors associated with recognizing IPV in the workplace, (2) effects of IPV on the work environment and (3) supervisors' responses to IPV-active vs. passive involvement. Also, supervisors' suggestions for addressing IPV in the workplace are summarized.
These findings demonstrate the need for more IPV-related resources in the workplace to be available to supervisors as well as survivors and their coworkers. The needs of supervisors and workplaces vary by site, demonstrating the need for tailored interventions, and culturally appropriate workplace interventions are needed for Latinas and other racially and ethnically diverse populations.


Domestic violence; Workplace; Violence; Hispanic americans; Employment
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