International surveys have found that between 40 and 90 per cent of women suffer some forms of violence and harassment during the course of the working lives. Violence and harassment at work have immediate effects on the concerned women, including a lack of motivation, loss of confidence and reduced self-esteem, depression and anger, anxiety and irritability. In the same way as with stress, these symptoms are likely to develop into physical illness, mental health problems, tobacco, alcohol and drug abuse. These symptoms may culminate in occupational accidents, invalidity and even suicide.
In order to raise awareness of the harmful mental health impacts of violence and harassment, the project “Violence against Women in the workplace…Let’s talk about it!” aims to carry out a targeted awareness raising campaign and to collect good practices for preventing mental health problems resulting from violence and harassment against women at work.
The project is carried out in countries with higher than average rates of violence and harassment against women at work: Lithuania and Slovenia; countries with medium rates: Austria, Greece and Romania; and countries with low rates: Cyprus, Latvia and Spain.
Is domestic violence taken seriously?
In recent years, police forces throughout the UK have taken giant strides forward to improve their response to domestic violence. No longer is it seen as a private family that happens behind closed doors. Today, it is treated just as it should be – a crime.
Get Professional Help
Domestic Violence is tackled by a variety of professionals, including police officers, medical teams, school teachers, counsellors, social workers, lawyers and the court services. The age old mistake made by victims of domestic violence, bullying and any form of abuse is to keep it to themselves. If you are a victim of such violence abuse, whatever form it takes, you cannot tackle it alone. Seek professional help – it is readily available. A good starting point is to visit your local police station or GP. You will be treated with respect and above all else, understanding.