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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Continuing Abuse in the Workplace

Employers are usually not aware of the abuse when it follows the victim to work. More than 13,000 incidents of domestic abuse are committed every year at the workplace: harassment by phone or in person, stalking, damage to property, physical assault, and even murder (Zachary, 1998).

One discreet but common way to exert control over the victim is by calling or sending an e-mail. He or she can continue the abuse by contacting the victim at work, without ever having to come to the job site. If the two are still in the “relationship,” the abuser is likely to contact the victim randomly out of the jealous fear that their partner might be having an affair. It is not uncommon for an abuser to pressure their partner ...

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