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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Aspects Of Domestic Violence You Might Not Think About

February 27, 2006 -- Posted at 2:30 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- Many people may think domestic violence only happens at home, but for some victims, the abuse and the abuser follows them to work.

Vicki Crego is the executive director at the Women's Crisis Center in Jonesboro.

"He may give her a hard time about going to work. If she does have a job, and she does decide to leave, he may cause her problems by stalking, harassing, and following her," said Crego.

The annual cost of lost productivity due to domestic violence is nearly 728 million dollars. It's a situation employers may not want to get involved in, but it's an issue that certainly can't be ignored.

"Employers recognize this is a tremendous burden on the economics of business. 44% of executives say domestic violence increases their health care costs as well as mental health, and other medical expenses," said Crego.

Crego says employers have a responsibility to their employees, not to fix the problem, but to recognize it's there, and offer resources to help victims.

"They do have a responsibility to ensure the victims safety, to comply with any orders of protection that might be in place, and to provide information and resources to their employees so they have the option to get help," said Crego.

For more information, call the Women's Crisis Center at 870-935-1883.

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