Helping Restigouche employers understand and manage the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace

This website provides important information and resources to help Restigouche employers understand and support an employee who may be experiencing violence.

When domestic violence spills over into the work environment, employers can make a difference.

What is domestic violence in the workplace?

Domestic violence in the workplace refers to any violence originating from the family, the home, or an intimate relationship that spills over into the work environment, whether in the form of a violent incident, or through the effects that experiencing domestic violence have on an employee, on their work, and the associated safety risks to the workplace. When the effects of domestic violence follow a victim to work, it can become a serious workplace issue, and everyone may feel negative consequences, without realizing what is happening.

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Why does this matter to an employer

Retaining good employees is a key concern for Restigouche employers, and many employers do not realize they may be losing some good workers due to unidentified domestic violence. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to support an employee who may be experiencing violence.

A woman who is experiencing domestic violence, and who can maintain her job, is far more likely to successfully transition from her situation of violence and be a valuable and productive employee in that workplace.

What are the business risks?

The risks and costs to a business can be serious. Domestic violence can lead to:

  • Decreased productivity
  • Poor performance
  • Low employee morale
  • Increased risks of accidents or injuries
  • Increased absenteeism
  • Increased staff turnover

What are the benefits from using this website?

By becoming a domestic-violence-informed employer, you can:

  • Reduce staff turnover and absenteeism
  • Spend less time dealing with employees' personal issues, and have more free time to build/work on your business
  • Know how to support an employee who is dealing with domestic violence
  • Have happier and more productive workers
  • Have a safer work environment for all your employees, customers, and yourself as an owner/manager
  • Increase retention rates for your valuable employees


We gratefully acknowledge the materials developed by the New Brunswick Domestic Violence in the Workplace Committee.

Many of the resources and information contained in this document are from the work of this committee and their “It’s Your Business – A Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence Workplace Toolkit”, which can be accessed on their website at:

Disclaimer 1

The resources on this website are not intended to replace the advice and services of professionals such as counsellors,
lawyers, or healthcare providers. We have developed these resources based on current research and information about
domestic violence. Any reference to legislation (laws) should be considered general in nature and scope.

The resources on this website are offered to employers and others with the understanding that the authors, editors,
contributors, and project partner organizations are not providing legal advice. Employers using this package should seek
legal advice with respect to specific legal matters.