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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Impact on Health Care Costs

Let us look at one more cost of which all employers are acutely aware: health care benefits. Abuse has a serious impact on the bottom line of any company, particularly in this area. Domestic violence has long been regarded as a serious and epidemic public health threat to women: The combined costs of emergency room visits, clinical appointments, pain medication, and mental health services is staggering, and it directly impacts employers who offer their employees medical insurance. The cost of health care, including medical attention and mental health support, by the Department of Health and Human Services published in 2003 is estimated to be almost $4.1 billion nationwide. One preliminary study demonstrates the cost ...

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