Office of Alcoholism and
Substance Abuse Services


Intimate Partner Violence - Workplace Policy

Statistics indicate that between 25 to 30 percent of women and approximately 10 percent of men will experience intimate partner violence victimization in their lifetime. Intimate partner violence occurs in relationships regardless of age, creed, economic status, race or sexual orientation, and it affects the lives and compromises the safety of thousands of individuals in New York State each day.

In addition to the considerable burden faced by the individuals it directly impacts, intimate partner violence can extend to the victim's workplace, compromising the safety and well-being of all employees. OASAS supports the efforts of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) and encourages all prevention, treatment and recovery providers to establish formal workplace policies that will promote safety in the workplace and respond effectively to the needs of and support intimate partner violence victims. OPDV has published a Model Policy External Link that providers can use as a guide to develop their own, agency-specific workplace policies.