Empowering employers to address domestic violence and its impact on the workplace

Authors

  • Adriana Marques Silva Universidade do Algarve
  • Joaquim Pinto Contreiras Universidade do Algarve, Research Center for Tourism, Sustainability and Well-Being,
  • Ana Patricia Duarte Iscte Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Business Research Centre (BRU-IUL)

Keywords:

Domestic violence indicators, domestic violence legislation, domestic violence prevention, workplace impacts, empowering employers, Action plan

Abstract

Domestic violence affects all social and economic classes and age groups, but this type of public crime has traditionally not been linked to the workplace. This study sought to provide a new perspective on domestic violence by focusing on how it can be addressed in work contexts. Qualitative research was conducted based on a focus group to clarify what companies in Portugal's Algarve region know about this crime and its repercussions for the workplace. The results include recurring themes, such as domestic violence as a taboo subject, the difficulty of detecting this crime at work despite extant well-established indicators of this problem, its repercussions for teams, unawareness of specifically related labour laws and the need to train and inform workers. The findings also cover two emerging topics – corporate social responsibility and occupational health – as intervention areas. Given these results, an action plan was developed to be implemented in organisations in order to provide support to employees who are domestic violence victims.

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Author Biographies

  • Adriana Marques Silva, Universidade do Algarve
    Master in Human Resources Management, Universidade do Algarve.
  • Joaquim Pinto Contreiras, Universidade do Algarve, Research Center for Tourism, Sustainability and Well-Being,

    PhD in Management, Universidade de Évora.

    Coordinator Professor at Escola Superior de Gestão, Hotelaria e Turismo, Universidade do Algarve, Portimão, Portugal.

    Researcher at the Research Center for Tourism, Sustainability and Well-Being, Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal.

  • Ana Patricia Duarte, Iscte Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Business Research Centre (BRU-IUL)

    PhD in Social and Organizational Psychology, ISCTE-IUL.

    Researcher at BRU-IUL, Iscte Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal.

    Visiting Associate Professor at ISCTE Business School, Department of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior, Lisboa, Portugal.

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02.04.2024

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Silva, A. M., Contreiras, J. P., & Duarte, A. P. (2024). Empowering employers to address domestic violence and its impact on the workplace. Tourism & Management Studies, 20(3), 15-26. https://tmstudies.net/index.php/ectms/article/view/1980

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