The cost of domestic violence to our country is over $8.3 billion per year. Reduced earnings and lower productivity are among the most prominent indirect costs. Women who experience domestic violence work about three months less per year. A national study found that annual work productivity net loss was almost 8 million work days. Most employers likely have individuals working for them who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence--which is one in two women in Anchorage. AWAIC offers emergency safe shelter, intervention, and prevention to those impacted by domestic violence, and is currently in the midst of a $3.5 million renovation and expansion project to accommodate the increasing need for services for victims. We would like to share and educate the Chamber community about domestic violence and its effects on the workplace, and how they can partner with AWAIC to help.
is a long-time Alaskan and Executive Director for AWAIC (Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis). She received her Bachelors in Journalism and English, and her Masters in Public Administration the University of Alaska Anchorage. Throughout her 22 years at AWAIC, Suzi has served as Administrative Assistant, Children’s Advocate, Resource Specialist, Women’s Advocate, Nonresidential Team Leader, and Deputy Director; and has held the position of Executive Director since 2009. She serves on the Alaska Council for the Homeless, the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, the Anchorage Domestic Violence Fatality Review, the Anchorage Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Child Abuse Caucus, and the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Governance Board.
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