Dec. 1, 2016 – GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (GBV) messes with workers in many ways. An ITUC AP/Philippine affiliates survey in 2015 found that one-in-every-five workers had been victims of GBV (emotional/psychological, physical, sexual, harassment). In addition, one of every five workers had known someone else in the workplace who had been victimized. GBV caused workers being late for work or absent altogether. There were GBV deaths, too. One in two victims said violence had continued at or near the workplace. Abusers were husbands predominantly, wives at times, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends. Three-in-four victims claimed their work performance suffered as they had been injured, unwell, distracted or tired. Companies take direct hits, too. Victims cost lost person-hours and productivity; at times, they had to be substituted by temps, or replaced. Co-workers similarly lost time and productivity, as they, too, were stressed/concerned, their work loads increased, schedules were changed, or there was tension or conflict among workers. Worse for the company when abusers were employed in the same workplace. Poor victims! They and their employers were clueless that the law provides for paid leaves for domestic violence. But that is another story.