Fact Sheet
Supporting Survivors in the Workplace

Intimate partner violence and sexual assault prevent women from achieving full and equal participation in the economy.

October 2020
Sexual Harassment

Gender-based violence — whether it occurs at or outside of the workplace — affects how survivors show up and participate at work. Women need a strong economic safety net to disrupt cycles of violence because economic barriers and instability limit survivors from being able to access resources, support and safety. Survivor-friendly workplace policies, including paid safe days, are critical to ensuring survivors can achieve economic independence and self-sufficiency. That’s why survivors need Congress to guarantee emergency supports during the pandemic and pass the Healthy Families Act for permanent protections.


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National Partnership for Women & Families analysis of state laws as of August 2020.