New National Survey Finds 81% of Victims of Violence Can’t Focus On The Job – Witness Justice Calling for Legislators/Employers to Address Problem
Witness Justice recently conducted a nationwide employment survey and found that a large majority of trauma survivors experience substantial workplace problems in the aftermath of violence. Over half of the “respondents switched jobs or careers within two years of the event, with 85 percent citing the violence as a major factor in the job change.” More than 300 survivors participated in the study.
Helga West founded the Witness Justice to support survivors of trauma and said:
We need to learn more about this issue, the varied lines of communication between employer and employee, the legal considerations, and workplace practices to develop guidelines that will better support survivors and minimize the impact on individual lives and employers’ bottom line…Survivors have sent a message that needs to be heard and addressed by employers, legislators, and service providers.
Witness Justice is a nonprofit organization “created by survivors for survivors.” Their central mission is to empower and assist victims of violence and their loved ones with both healing from trauma and in navigating the criminal justice process.”
Click here to read the press release.