Domestic Violence in the Workplace


This study was conducted in partnership with the Canadian Labour Congress and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies Initial findings were released on November 27, 2014. 

Highlights include: 

  • 8429 people completed the survey
  • 1/3 of respondents reported ever experiencing domestic violence from an intimate partner 
  • 38% reported that domestic violence affected their ability to get to work. 


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The impact of domestic violence on workers and workplaces

Barb MacQuarrie, Nadine Wathen and Jen MacGregor are co-investigators on a grant funded through the Social Sciences Humanities Research Council to develop an international network to study the impacts of domestic violence,

The goal of the network is to accelerate the the development of the emerging knowledge base on this issue.  Activities to be conducted through this grant include

  • replication of the initial survey in non-unionized settings
  • a research study on offenders in the workplace in Canada
  • a Canadian -led international network

For more information about the survey results and interviews with media, please view the links below:

  1. MEDIA ADVISORY: Western University and Canadian Labour Congress to release survey results on domestic violence at work

  2. Labour Survey Reveals Domestic Violence is Widespread and Following People to Work

  3. DVatWork Survey Report (English)

  4. DVatWork Survey Report (French)

  5. CBC`s The Current: "Canadian Labour Congress: Employers can help stop domestic violence". Barb MacQuarrie discusses Make it Our Business and the release of the Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey Results.

  6. In Committee from the House of Commons: Status of Women - April 16, 2013. Barbara MacQuarrie from the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children, university professors Jennifer Berdahl and Sandy Welsh discuss sexual harassment in the federal workplace.


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