The abuser may stalk or attack the victim in the workplace, causing the victim and co-workers to fear for their safety. Homicide is the leading cause of death for women in the workplace. Much of this violence is directly linked to stalking.
Some domestic violence victims report that the abuse makes it harder for them to do their jobs. Sometimes they are absent from work or can't get their work done because of the abuse and the resulting fear or exhaustion. They may also have to deal with legal issues, medical appointments, childcare, concern for their children’s safety, and many other problems stemming from the abuse. Victims may lose their job or have to leave as a result of the abuse or for safety reasons. If employees who are abused get help, businesses won’t have to lose good employees when they don't want to.
Employees who are abusers may also have work problems related to arrests and court time, or their preoccupation with stalking the person they are abusing. They may be illegally using company equipment like the phone, fax, or e-mail to stalk, harass or threaten their victim.