Group addresses violence in the workplace

COLUMBIANA, Ohio (WKBN) – The Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a gathering at the Columbiana Public Library to give business owners tools to help victims of domestic violence.

A number of service agencies spoke about the issue of violence and how it can affect businesses as well as the rights of victims.

A victim of domestic violence also addressed the group.

Dorothy Kane with VIP (Family Violence Prevention Coalition) said getting companies into the fold is an important step to addressing the growing issue of domestic violence.

“We invited people from the Columbiana area Chamber of Commerce because we know that workplace violence is impacting companies through reduced productivity and also the increased risk of violence coming into the workplace,” said Kane.

In recognition of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, there are two more events scheduled. The first is Tuesday, April 8 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Niles office of the Area Agency on Aging, and a second session is scheduled for Tuesday night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Saint John Episcopal Church in Youngstown.

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