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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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The Abuser’s Behavior

Be alert to behavioral indications on the part of the partner. You can often tell when the couple has finally broken up: When a victim has left the abuser, the partner often resorts to stalking and harassing, but if they are still together and the victim is trying to keep the relationship free from violent episodes, there will probably be other signs. Consider the boyfriend that always stops by his partner’s work: He brings flowers and candy, and hangs around during her lunch hour. He calls frequently throughout the day. Other co-workers express praise and envy that the employee has such an attentive romantic interest, but the truth is that he is keeping track of what he considers his “property.”

When the relationship turns ...

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