Domestic Violence Comes to Work

“I remember the first coworker who asked me if my fat lip was caused by my ex-husband. He may have felt that it didn’t do any good, or that he was wrong to ask. But by asking that question, he planted a seed in my mind that what was happening to me wasn’t right.”   — A Survivor

USAF Female Officer, Jordan 1994

USAF Female Officer, Jordan 1994

It is important to remember that associates’ home lives can affect their performance at work, especially an issue like domestic violence. 

Defined as a pattern of coercive behavior that is used by one person in an intimate relationship to gain power and control over another, domestic violence includes physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse.

Some examples of coercive behavior are: hitting, punching, shoving, stabbing, shooting, slapping, threatening behavior, name calling, humiliating in front of others, controlling what one wears, says, and does, controlling the financial decisions, stalking, destroying or attempting to destroy property, and using children to control ones’ partner.  

Domestic violence occurs between people of all racial, economic, educational, reli­gious backgrounds, in heterosexual and same sex relationships, living together or separately, married or unmarried, in short-term or long-term relationships.  

If an otherwise valuable member of your team has inexplicably become less productive or more frequently late/absent, it could be that something else is causing the problem.

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