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Preventing domestic violence at work

DA offers training for business owners, supervisors

DEERFIELD — Domestic violence doesn’t end outside the home, and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is holding conferences intended to train business owners and supervisors in recognizing and responding to domestic violence.

The NWDA and area business groups have organized two 3-hour conferences on what employers can do to protect their businesses and employees.

The conferences are intended for business owners, supervisors, employee representatives and assistance officers, human resource officers, security and union stewards.

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that domestic violence costs American employers between $3 billion to $5 billion in productivity every year and another $100 million in paid sick leave, absenteeism and other costs. Victims of domestic violence incur an estimated $1,775 in annual medical costs, according to a release from the NWDA.

A majority of perpetrators of domestic violence report using workplace resources to threaten their victims, contact their victims’ workplaces and also report having difficulties working, according to a study by Employers Against Domestic Violence, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit group linking employers and domestic violence experts.

Registration deadline

The first conference is scheduled for April 9 in Chandler’s Tavern in South Deerfield, the second May 7 in the Clarion Hotel, Northampton.

Registration for the first is due Friday, the second May 2.

Registrants should send their name, the name of their organization and $10 check payable to Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Ann Hamilton, P.O. Box 898, Greenfield, MA 01301, for the April 9 conference.

For the May 7 conference, checks should be made payable to the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce and mailed to 99 Pleasant Street, Northampton, MA 01060.

For more information, visit http://northwesternda.org/ or contact Mary Kociela at mary.a.kociela@state.ma.us, 413-774-3186, ext. 5904.

“We all have to step up to stop domestic violence and protect victims,” said D.A. David E. Sullivan. “It is not only a moral imperative, it is sound workplace policy and practice.”

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