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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Job Performance

The impact of the abuse on a victim’s job performance is reason enough to warrant an employer’s concern, but the behavior of the batterer on the job deserves just as much attention. After all, if the victim is being harassed and threatened during work hours, the abuser is making those calls in that time frame. Additionally, an abuser’s attention to his work is affected by what happens at home; perhaps he continues the abuse while at work, or dwells on it. This takes him physically or mentally away from his job responsibilities.

This issue of the batterer’s impact on production was examined in a small study sponsored by John Hancock Life Insurance Co. and published by an organization called “Employers Against Domestic Violence ...

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