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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Behavioral Indications

Clearly, a woman or man who is being battered will not act chipper or bubbly. Degradation and abuse wear down a person’s self-esteem to the point where they become withdrawn and depressed. They feel hostility, guilt, shyness, anger, and a whole range of contradictory emotions that tend to confuse friends and co-workers. Their feelings of hopelessness and sadness will cause them to withdraw from people at work, perhaps holing-up in their office space or workstation out of embarrassment by their physical injuries. Many experience a very real need to be near their phone in case the abuser calls—sometimes their abuser requires this.

A battered employee is often reluctant to get involved in social or group activities and is ...

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