October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Here’s Why It’s a Labor Issue.

Domestic violence is a worker health and safety issue that impacts the well-being of not just our membership, but our workplaces. It is recognized in October.  

AFGE activists and locals can take an active role in preventing domestic violence by becoming educated on the signs and how it impacts people in the workplace, being knowledgeable about where people can seek help, and much more. 

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior used by one partner to gain or maintain powerand control over another intimate partner. It encompasses physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone. 

Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or gender identity. It affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. Domestic violence can occur in relationships regardless of gender and can happen to intimate partners who are married, living together, or dating. It not only affects those who are abused, but also family members, friends, coworkers, other witnesses, and the community at large. 

AFGE and its Women’s and Fair Practices Departments have numerous resources available to assist union activists in supporting those who may be experiencing domestic violence. AFGE members can visit www.afge.org/StopDV to find a comprehensive guide about domestic violence awareness, sign a pledge to support education and prevention efforts, and learn more about the union’s efforts. 

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