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Dealing with suspected domestic abuse

Question: 
I think my coworker is in an abusive relationship. I’ve overheard her husband making threats and seen bruises on her. What should I do?
Answer: 

Although this can be a sensitive subject, it cannot be ignored. Your workplace should have a policy about reporting domestic abuse and how to handle cases. You must report your suspicions to your supervisor and/or human resources. Any employee who obtains a restraining order or order of protection should be required to report that as well. The abused employee isn’t the only one in danger; often the abuser shows up at the workplace and injures or kills others.
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Learn more about Carol Dodgen’s webinar Violence in Your Workplace: Prevention & Response

First published on 03/29/2020

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