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Such violence is known to increase in times of recession and greater unemployment, just when individual women, families, and other support structures – such as community shelters and government assistance programs – have fewer resources.Studies indicate that one of the best predictors of whether a victim will stay away from his or her abuser is the victim’s degree of economic independence.Legal Momentum has resources available for companies and organizations that outline best practices and policies for supporting employee victims of violence (PDF).
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Now, most states offer unemployment insurance for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking who are forced to leave their jobs to deal with an assault.
Likewise many states have laws that prevent employment discrimination against victims of these crimes.
Accordingly, female victims are more likely than other women to be unemployed, to suffer from health problems that can affect employability and job performance, to report lower personal income, and to rely on welfare.
Employers can play a vital role in supporting a woman as she or he seeks to break away from a violent situation or recover from an assault.