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Domestic violence is no longer a private issue, confined to the home. Violent relationships between intimate partners increasingly are having an impact on the workplace, creating special concerns�and unique liabilities�for employers attempting to create a safe and productive environment for the people they hire.

The problem is part of a larger issue: Between 1992 and 1996, nearly two million Americans each year were victims of violent crime or threats of violent crime at work, according to a study released last year by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics. [FOOTNOTE 1] Work-related domestic violence may make up a small percentage of these cases, [FOOTNOTE 2] but unlike ad hoc violence, it can be particularly dangerous and complex.

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