Domestic Violence in the Workplace

It's Not a Private Matter When it Affects Us All

"We don't want to put the onus on the survivor. Because it's not their fault. It's not their fault they're being harassed at work. It's not their fault that they're receiving multiple phone calls. And they're being followed. Or they're being questioned every time they walk out for break and somebody of the opposite sex follow them out the door and they're being accused of whatever unknown things that's causing them to lose productivity.

"As employers we don't have to put the onus on them. We can find the resources. We can learn about ways we can intervene and ways that we can help. Open that dialogue. Have that conversation. Be a safe place. Start by believing."

When domestic violence occurs in the home, it affects our work. It is not a private matter to be "dealt with" behind closed doors. Employers need to have policies on place just as they do for other situations. 

In today's episode, Rose Ludwick and Deborah Hackworth discuss how domestic violence affects the workplace, and what employers can do to help.

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The mission of Domestic and Sexual Abuse Services is to lead efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault in southwest Michigan. 

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