Polaris MEP lunch and learn to focus on domestic-violence awareness

POLARIS MEP will host a lunch and learn event at the Quonset Development Corp. on June 13 to discuss the effects of domestic violence on employees.

PROVIDENCE – Polaris MEP and the Domestic Violence Resource Center for South County are partnering for a program on June 13 that is intended to help manufacturers recognize signs of domestic violence in employees and understand its impact on both their business and workers.

The free lunch and learn event at Quonset Development Corp. will include discussions on what domestic violence is, how it is different from sexual assault and the importance of discussing domestic violence in the workplace.

According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center for South County, the effects of domestic violence on employees can be wide-ranging at work. They include:

Experiencing violence on the job, such as stalking, threatening calls or assaults.

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Risk of homicide, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is the second-leading cause of injury death for women at work. Intimate partners commit a significant percentage of those murders.

The CDC also estimates that domestic violence costs the U.S. at least $8 billion per year in lost productivity and health care costs.

Visit polarismep.org for more information on the event.