NASCAR suspended Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch indefinitely on Friday, two days before the Daytona 500, for an incident of domestic violence that occurred last September.
NASCAR’s decision shows that the evolving response to domestic violence goes beyond the NFL. More and more organizations are taking notice of the issue and creating policies to proactively respond to domestic violence. After all, domestic violence can affect the workplace. A survey of American employees found that 44% of full-time employed adults personally experienced domestic violence’s effect in their workplaces, and 21% identified themselves as victims of intimate partner violence. Nearly 8 million days of paid work each year is lost due to domestic violence issues – the equivalent of more than 32,000 full-time jobs.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, it’s important to know the laws in your state that protect your employment and housing rights. If you have a coworker who is in an abusive relationship, there are ways you can help. Our advocates are here to provide information and support; give us a call 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).