United States: President Calls on Federal Agencies to Assist Employees who are Victims of Domestic Violence
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 10:30 AM

On 18 April 2012 President Obama signed a memorandum requiring that all federal agencies establish policies to assist employees who are victims of domestic violence. The policies are expected to be comprehensive and include strategies for prevention and intervention in cases where federal employees are involved either as victims or perpetrators. The memo states that “as the Nation's largest employer, the Federal Government should act as a model in responding to the effects of domestic violence on its workforce.”

According to the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 1 in 3 women in the US will be a victim of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by a partner, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that annually domestic violence costs the country $8 billion in lost productivity and health care costs.