|Document Title||Domestic Violence in the Workplace|
|Document Owner||Michael Daley|
Domestic violence permeates the lives and compromises the safety of thousands of New York State employees each day, with destructive results. Domestic violence occurs within a wide spectrum of relationships, including married and formerly married couples, couples with children in common, couples who live together or have lived together, gay, lesbian, couples etc., who are dating or who have dated in the past.
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of coercive tactics which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse perpetrated by one person against an adult intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim. In addition to exacting a tremendous toll from the individuals it directly affects, domestic violence often spills over into the workplace, compromising the safety of both victims and co-workers and resulting in lost productivity, increased health care costs, increased absenteeism, and increased employee turnover.
State University of New York at Fredonia (SUNY Fredonia), to the fullest extent possible without violating any existing regulations, statutory requirements, contractual obligations or collective bargaining agreements, will take all appropriate actions to promote safety in the workplace and respond to the needs of victims of domestic violence.
For purposes of this policy, the following terms will be defined as follows.
Domestic Violence: A pattern of coercive tactics, which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an adult intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim.
Intimate Partner: Includes persons legally married to one another; persons formerly married to one another; persons who have a child in common, regardless of whether such persons are married or have lived together at any time, couples who live together or have lived together, or persons who are dating or who have dated in the past, including same sex couples.
Abuser: A person who perpetrates a pattern of coercive tactics which can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse against an adult intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control over the victim.
Victim: The person against whom an abuser directs coercive and/or violent acts.
I. Employee Awareness
SUNY Fredonia shall take reasonable actions to educate employees regarding the effects of domestic violence, ways to prevent and curtail violence, and methods to report such violence to authorities.
It is the policy of SUNY Fredonia that information on domestic violence and available resources will be posted annually in areas where other employment policies and information are traditionally posted. This information shall include the topics addressed in the appendix.
II. Non-Discriminatory and Responsive Personnel Policies for Victimized Employees
SUNY Fredonia will ensure that Human Resource policies and procedures do not discriminate against victims of domestic violence and are responsive to the needs of victims of domestic violence.
III. Workplace Safety Plans
By means of a domestic violence workplace safety response plan, SUNY Fredonia shall make employees aware of their options and available resources and help employees safeguard each other and report domestic violence to designated officials.
IV. Accountability for Employees Who Are Offenders
SUNY Fredonia will hold employees accountable for engaging in the following behavior: (1) using state resources to commit an act of domestic violence; (2) committing an act of domestic violence from or at the workplace or from any other location while on official state business; or (3) using their job- related authority and/or state resources in order to negatively affect victims and/or assist perpetrators in locating a victim and/or in perpetrating an act of domestic violence.
Pursuant to New York State and federal law, a person convicted of a domestic violence-related crime or subject to an order of protection, under certain circumstances, forfeits the right to legally possess a firearm or long gun. Additionally, federal law contains prohibitions relating to shipping, transportation, or receiving firearms or ammunition.
The Associate Director Human Resources and personnel designated to provide support for those in need of assistance shall complete OPDV’s one-day training on Domestic Violence and the Workplace. All appropriate managers, supervisors, employee assistance professionals, human resources personnel, union and labor representatives and security staff will be encouraged to attend OPDV’s training on Domestic Violence and the Workplace. Additionally, SUNY Fredonia will make available for staff training on domestic violence and its impact on the workplace using materials provided by OPDV through the campus, OPDV and/or a local domestic violence service provider as scheduling permits.
VII. SUNY Fredonia Responsibility
Information to be Included in Campus Postings Regarding Domestic Violence and the Workplace
At a minimum, the following information shall be provided to current employees and new employees and included in posters posted in areas where employment information is ordinarily posted:
Additionally, SUNY Fredonia shall integrate information on domestic violence and this domestic violence and the workplace policy into existing materials and literature, policies, protocols, and procedures, including the Public Employer Workplace Violence Prevention Programs as appropriate.
 12 NYCRR pt. 800.16 Public Employer Workplace Violence Prevention Programs