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Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Domestic violence can spill over into the workplace, compromising the safety of both victims and co-workers and resulting in lost productivity, increased healthcare costs, absenteeism and employee turnover. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) encourages business leaders and employers to take additional steps in implementing policies and programs that treat domestic violence as a serious, recognizable and preventable problem like thousands of other workplace health and safety issues.

On Wednesday, April 16, 2008, former Governor Ted Strickland signed an Executive Order creating a policy and training requirement for roughly 60,000 state employees of cabinet agencies, boards and commissions on workplace domestic violence. The Governor’s Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach led an initiative to create the Executive Order, policy and training. Many state agencies were involved, including ODH, Administrative Services, Public Safety and Employee Assistance Program. A diverse representation of non-governmental entities throughout Ohio have also taken active roles in this project. On January 21, 2011, Governor John R. Kasich signed an executive order to continue the Barbara Warner Domestic Violence Workplace Policy.

State of Ohio employees can access the Domestic Violence in the Workplace Training via the Enterprise Learning Management System (ELMS) through OAKS.

Barbara Warner Workplace Domestic Violence Resources

National Resource for Employers: U.S. Office on Violence Against Women and Family Violence Prevention Fund

This is a resource for employers to address the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace. "Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center" provides information, resouces, tools and technical assistance to employers and labor organizations to facilitate and encourage safer and more effective responses to employees who are victims of domestic, sexual and dating vioelnce or stalking.  Learn more at:

Last Reviewed 04/14/2016