Domestic violence is any form of violence between intimate partners. The violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological, including financial control, stalking and harassment. It can occur between intimate partners of any gender, who may or may not be married, common law, or living together. It can also continue to happen after a relationship has ended. It can be a single act of violence, or a number of acts that form a pattern of abuse. 

Domestic violence impacts the workplace. Many workers have faced domestic violence and/or are currently experiencing abuse. Unions have an important role to play in supporting members, challenging domestic violence and ensuring employers live up to their obligations. One way we can do this is by negotiating collective agreement language on domestic violence. 

This document is for local union officers, bargaining committee members and other activists who want to prevent domestic violence at work and support members who face domestic violence. It covers: 

  • The definition of domestic violence and how it’s a workplace issue. 
  • How the union can negotiate protections regarding domestic violence related to the workplace. 
  • Examples of collective agreement language. 
  • A checklist for workplace policy and collective agreement language. 

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