“Any organization that is concerned about the safety and security of its employees must consider the possibility that domestic violence can spill over into the workplace.”
An essential fact about domestic violence to keep in mind is that even when a person leaves an abusive relationship, his or her safety is not guaranteed. An abusive person may stalk the partner who left, and presents a special danger when harassing or attacking a partner at work.

The first step toward preventing violence from extending to your workplace is to create policies and procedures for dealing with harassment and threats. A proactive approach also includes providing resources for employees who are or who may be affected by abuse. Providing training for all employees and equipping them with skills to respond appropriately to potentially violent situations is also essential.

Check out “When Domestic Violence Intersects With Your Workplace” for tips on measures your organization can take to prevent harm from extending to employees on the job. Written by CPI president Judith Schubert, this article features a checklist to help you determine how well prepared your organization is to both prevent and deal with incidents of battery and abuse on your premises.
Also access our Domestic Violence Resources for information on shelters and services available in the US, Canada, Australia, Latin America, and Western Europe and the UK.
For information on how therapists and counselors can help people who are living in abusive relationships, read “Ending the Cycle of Abuse.”

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