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Partnership Against Domestic Violence hosts the fourth annual Domestic Violence in the Workplace Conference on Oct. 3, 2013.Missed work, increased insurance claims, lost productivity and high employee turnover – the bane of every business owner”s operation. Cause for alarm? Maybe.

An insidious threat has infiltrated the very fabric of our great community. A#2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that one in four women will experience domestic violence at some point – with only heart disease claiming more victims each year.

If your bottom line is suffering from increased sick days or uncharacteristic performance issues among personnel, these may be indictors of escalating domestic violence/intimate partner violence#” the result of which impacts U.S. businesses to the tune of $13 billion annually.

Register by Oct. 2 for the Domestic Violence in the Workplace 2013 ConferenceAnnouncing the Fourth Annual#Domestic Violence in the Workplace Conference#to educate business leaders during#October”s Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Partnership Against Domestic Violence#(PADV), the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization in Georgia, will host the fourth annual#Domestic Violence in the Workplace Conference#(DVIW), presented by Verizon, on October 3, 2013, at The Home Depot corporate office.

The conference will feature an invitation-only Leadership Breakfast with panel speakers, several forums, a networking luncheon and planning and training sessions for the workplace.

The DVIW Leadership Breakfast, sponsored by Belk, is open exclusively to business leaders and executives. The breakfast features a thorough discussion concerning the prevalence of domestic violence and the real impact it has in the workplace. Speakers for the leadership breakfast include: Senior VP and Director of Sales of Belk Inc., Colleen Curry, CEO and Co-Founder of BDA Inc., Jay Deutsch and Chief Security Officer of Verizon Communications, Michael A. Mason.

“This year”s conference will equip attendees with the necessary tools and resources to ensure a safe work environment”# said Jennifer Highsmith, PADV”s special events director.# “In all, the conference will feature 11 workshops led by senior leaders and executives from the HR, security, EAP, medical and legal fields.# Sessions include: Educating and Training your Workforce, Creating Policies and Action Plans and Creating a Safe and Secure Workforce.”#

PADV is also offering six#Society for Human Resource Management#(SHRM) credits to conference attendees. SHRM is the world”s largest association devoted to HR management. The organization offers its members a series of programs, resources and networking opportunities to advance HR careers.

“With October being Domestic Violence Awareness month, it is important for PADV to actively educate professionals on the signs of intimate partner violence and how it can affect their businesses,”##said Daphne Walker, PADV”s incoming president and chief executive officer.

This year”s conference fee is $75, $100 the day of event. Registration for the#Domestic Violence in the Workplace 2013 Conference#is open until Oct. 2, if you register before Sept. 13 there is an early bird fee of $55. For more information about the conference or to#register#today.

About PADV
PADV is the largest and one of the oldest nonprofit domestic violence agencies in Georgia. Serving metro Atlanta since 1975, PADV helps to transform the lives of approximately 18,000 women and children every year through emergency intervention, violence prevention and long-term advocacy. PADV”s mission is to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors. For more information, visit#padv.org# or follow PADV on Facebook at#facebook.com/PADVAtlanta#and Twitter,#@PADVAtlanta.