Safe at work: Options for British Columbia to support survivors of domestic violence in the workplace

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Domestic Violence (DV)
Occupational Health and Safety
Employment Policy
Violence Against Women (VAW)
British Columbia

As one of the last Canadian provinces to implement domestic violence leave, British Columbia lags behind pan-Canadian standards on support for survivors of domestic violence (DV) in the workplace. Studies have demonstrated that domestic violence (DV) experienced in the personal life of an employee can produce negative externalities in the workplace for survivors, co-workers, perpetrators, and employers. Using a literature review, jurisdictional scan, and expert interviews, this study helps to fill the gap in the literature by examining what changes need to occur in British Columbia to better support survivors of domestic violence in the workplace. The options evaluated include a review of the status quo, occupational health and safety regulations, and a province-wide women’s advocate program. The study concludes with the recommendation for BC to amend occupational health and safety regulations to incorporate both the psychological and physical aspects of DV as a workplace hazard.

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Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Maureen Maloney
Arts & Social Sciences: School of Public Policy
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(Project) M.P.P.