Domestic abuse or violence is the physical or emotional abuse in the hands of a spouse or an intimate partner. In the United States more than 80,000 women suffer from it every year and also report incidents of abuse to 911. The law enforcement receives a call for domestic violence for every 10 seconds in the country on an average. The statistics on domestic violence is staggering.
Domestic violence other than having an impact on the emotional and physical well being of a person also degrades the quality of work of the person who is going through it. A person cannot mentally or physically work to their potential when they have been through a bout of domestic violence.
Several States have come to recognize that such conditions exist and also are being more considerate with employees who go through it. Employers have to understand that domestic violence has a deep impact on the employee’s ability to work. Statistics reveal that several employees lose at least hundred and thirty-seven hours of work each year due to domestic abuse. Also, many of them take time off from work to get medical assistance. They also have other legalities to deal with like getting a restraining order against a partner, relocation and also moving to a safer place to work. In addition, some employees cannot make it to work due to other factors like unavailability of a car or money to come to work by public transportation.
Different states have different rules for this, and the rules also mention how much time you can take off and what qualifies as domestic abuse.