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A survey has found that 21% of domestic workers experience verbal abuse in the workplace.
A survey has found that 21% of domestic workers experience verbal abuse in the workplace.
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Domestic worker Ruth* remained in employment even after her employer humiliated her and physically abused her. With two dependents and no other income, Ruth is just one of a number of domestic workers who suffer silently through abuse at the hands of their employers.

The 2022 Domestic Worker Survey by Sweep South found that 21% of about 7 500 respondents experienced verbal abuse in the workplace, while 6% experienced physical abuse and 2% sexual abuse.

Women’s Legal Centre attorney Charlene May said the statistics were not surprising and she suspected the number of domestic workers being abused was higher than the survey had found.

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