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Domestic Violence as a Barrier to Employment

By Robin R. Runge, Marcellene E. Hearn & Spenta R. Cama

Battered women often are forced to choose between their safety and their jobs because they fear they will be fired if they take steps to address the violence in their lives. However, domestic violence does not have to become a barrier to employment. State and federal employment laws can assist employees who are victims of domestic violence, and proactive employment policies may enable domestic violence victims to maintain employment and break the cycle of violence.

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