Domestic Violence: An Employer’s Role in Minimizing What Potentially Could Be Your Most Clear-and-Present Danger

 

Following a National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently noted that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men were victims of physical violence, stalking, or sexual violence by an intimate partner. With the CDC classifying intimate partner violence (IPV) as widespread, workplaces are particularly vulnerable targets for vengeful, jealous, unstable, or angry individuals seeking to harm their partners—and anyone who gets in their way. It’s highly likely that the perpetrator will know where the victim works, what time he or she arrives and leaves the office, as well as other details about the workplace’s layout and security perimeter. It’s important for employers to recognize the warning signs of IPV and to be prepared with appropriate IPV prevention and response-based strategies. This session will focus on:

  • The many signs of domestic violence
  • IPV prevention and intervention policy essentials
  • How to train supervisors and managers to respond to situations involving domestic violence—and what they should be looking for even if no one complains about their fears
  • What to do if an employee complains about being harassed or stalked
  • Your legal responsibilities and rights when a protective order has been issued
  • Steps you can take protect employees from a violent attack at the hands of a domestic violence offender

 

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