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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Why doesn’t she just leave?

It is normal to wonder why anyone would stay in an abusive relationship. Before going on to discuss how domestic violence relates to the workplace, this question should be considered. Certainly co-workers will wonder why the victim doesn’t just leave when it is clear that it is a violent relationship. Even the most seasoned victim advocates ask this question. The fact is that unless you have personally been through the experience, you won’t truly understand the dynamics of the abusive relationship. Not only do you have to be in their shoes, you need to be them as well. This means having their personality, their upbringing, and their perception of themselves and the world around them. Let us say at the outset that within ...

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