What is Domestic Violence in the Workplace?
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We would like to take this opportunity to provide information to employees that could help prevent domestic violence in the workplace.
Domestic Violence in the workplace includes all behavior that interferes with an individual’s capability of safely and securely performing their duties at work. It includes: improper conduct ranging from harassing or repeated telephone calls, faxes or e-mails to the workplace, unarmed and armed “show-ups,” and homicide.
Domestic Violence in the workplace also includes conduct that occurs outside of the workplace, such as depriving someone of sleep and imposing physical injuries (such as breaking fingers, etc.). These too impact an individual’s ability to perform their job. A batterer’s interference in the workplace is one of many ways that the batterer displays his or her attempt to exert power and control.
Developing a safety plan is crucial for victims of abuse.
Consider the following:
- Inform your immediate supervisor and others who work with you about the situation
- Share a photograph of the abuser with immediate supervisor and others you work with
- Have someone escort you to and from your car
- Park closer to the building
- Change your phone number if someone harasses you by phone
- Work closely with the security department at your facility
Just know YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Help is available – it’s just a phone call away.
Article compliments of Rene Firari Will, Coordinator St. Agnes Hospital Domestic Violence Program in Fond du Lac, WI.
For additional assistance with personal or work concerns, contact Agnesian HealthCare’s Work & Wellness Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at (800) 458-8183.