The Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, Inc. (VRC) will provide prevention education, and community services training in the workplace for owners, supervisors, security personnel, human resource staff, and company employees regarding domestic, sexual, stalking, family violence, and child abuse.  Our “Domestic Violence in the Workplace” training program includes: “Accountability for Employees Who Are Offenders”. 


Please call (315) 331-1171 x300 for more information on: Employee Awareness; Non-discriminatory and Responsive Personnel Policies for Victimized Employees; Workplace Safety Plans.

Did you know…

  • Domestic Violence (DV) is the leading cause of injury to women.
  • Domestic Violence is the #1 way pregnant women die in the U.S.
  • One out of every four women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • Employment is the key to a domestic violence victim’s economic self-sufficiency, and life away from the abuse.
  • U.S. General Accounting Office found that ¼ to ½ of DV victims surveyed lost a job, in part, due to domestic violence.
  • Employers who fail to protect employees from violence at work are liable.
  • Batterers commit 13,000 violent acts against their partners in the workplace each year.
  • 74% of employed battered women were harassed by their husbands or boyfriends at work.
  • The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the cost of lost productivity due to DV equals $727.8 million with more than $7.9 million paid workdays lost each year.
  • 66% of executives stated that their companies would benefit from addressing this issue.
  • 91% of senior corporate executives surveyed stated DV affects the private and working lives of its employees.
  • 88% of employees have a “very positive” attitude toward “employers who put in place a DV awareness program at the office.”  

The New York State Domestic Violence

Workplace Policy Initiative

To address the impact of domestic violence on the New York State Workforce, the Governor issued Executive Order #19 requiring the adoption of Domestic Violence in the Workplace Policies by all NYS Agencies and designated Authorities by August 1, 2008. The goal of this initiative is to help create a safe working environment.
  • The State Initiative is designed to provide uniform guidance and consistency to state agencies in developing their Domestic Violence in the Workplace Policy. The model policy was developed by OPDV pursuant to Executive Law § 575 575 (3)(e) & (9) with input from various state agencies and state labor organizations.
  • The private domestic violence model workplace policy was developed in conjunction with the Department of Labor pursuant to Executive Law § 575 (9). Modeled after the state policy, the private policy is designed to encourage private employers to address the issue of domestic violence and the workplace.
Special thanks to Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations; AFL-CIO Executive Council Action Resolution; Center for Disease Control; and NYSOPDV

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