Partners EAP Services for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Abuse
When You Need Support
If you are currently experiencing, or have experienced abuse in an intimate relationship, support is available. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free, confidential services to both victims and survivors of domestic abuse. The EAP is committed to helping employees and their household members feel safe – in their homes, communities and workplaces.
What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors including physical and/or emotional attacks that are meant to gain power and control over one’s partner. These behaviors are exhibited by both adolescents and adults and are used against their intimate partner. There are many different kinds of abusive behavior: physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, economic/financial, threats, stalking/surveillance, isolation, and intimidation.
Who is Affected?
Domestic abuse affects us all. Many of us have experienced, or know someone who has experienced, domestic abuse. It occurs in heterosexual and same-sex relationships. Domestic abuse affects people from all socio-economic, racial/ethnic, and religious groups.
Intimate partner violence is primarily a crime against women. In 2001, women accounted for 85 percent of the victims of intimate partner violence (588,490 total) and men accounted for approximately 15 percent of the victims (103,220 total). U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. February 2003. Intimate Partner Violence, 1993–2001. NCJ 197838, p. 1.
The costs of IPV against women exceed an estimated $5.8 billion. These costs include nearly $4.1 billion in the direct costs of medical and mental health care and nearly $1.8 billion in the indirect costs of lost productivity (CDC 2003).National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2003.
Victims of IPV lose a total of nearly 8 million days of paid work—the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs—and nearly 5.6 million days of household productivity each year as a result of the violence (CDC 2003).National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2003.
Services for Employees
The Employee Assistance Program consultants, including the Domestic Violence Specialist, are available to provide a variety of services to employees affected by domestic violence, including:
- Safety planning for home and work
- Referrals to community resources
- Support groups
- Advocacy in the workplace
- Coordination with HAVEN, Passageway, Security and other internal resources when appropriate.
The EAP is also committed to supporting the hospitals in their response to the needs of employees affected by domestic abuse through:
- Training and education
- Consultation with supervisors, managers, Human Resource generalists, etc.
- Workgroup interventions
In addition, the EAP works in conjunction with the hospitals’ Security Departments, with the employee’s permission, to plan for the safety of the workgroup when incidents of domestic abuse affect the workplace.
Does your Partner Ever?
- Scare you in any way?
- Call you names?
- Repeatedly make you late for, or miss work?
- Force you to have sex?
- Not allow you to visit your friends or family?
- Threaten to take away or hurt your children?
- Check-up on you while you’re at work?
- Hit, slap, push or hurt you?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you are worried about someone close to you who may be experiencing abuse, we can help.
How to Reach Us…
To make an appointment with the Employee Assistance Domestic Violence Specialist, or any of the EAP Consultants, you can call us between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
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For more information or to discuss domestic abuse concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.
Or Call Safelink: a 24 hour Hotline for Information and Referral
If you need Immediate Assistance, dial 911
This content was last modified on: 09/19/2005