LETTER OF INFORMATION
You are invited to participate in a survey conducted by the Women’s Committee of the Canadian Labour Congress in partnership with researchers at the University of Western Ontario (Western). Barb MacQuarrie is the Community Director at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC) in the Faculty of Education at Western; Dr. Nadine Wathen is an Associate Professor, and Dr. Jen MacGregor a post-doctoral researcher in Western’s Faculty of Information & Media Studies.
This survey looks at how domestic violence can affect Canadian workers and what kinds of supports are available in workplaces. You are being asked to participate because you are a member of one of the unions co-sponsoring this survey.
Purpose of the study
When workers are experiencing domestic violence at home, the impacts are felt in the workplace. Surveys to gather data about domestic violence in the workplace have been conducted in the U.S. and in Australia, however there is a lack of data specific to Canada, including basic knowledge about the scope of the problem and its impacts on workers, employers and workplaces. Data is urgently needed to inform policy on how best to respond to this issue. The aims of this study are to learn about how domestic violence is affecting workers while they are at work and to learn how often this happens in Canada.