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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Pitfalls

There are two very common and grave mistakes that people often make when talking to victims: Asking them why they simply don’t leave, or pushing them to leave immediately or take other critical measures. Do not feel guilty if either of these impulses wells up inside you while you are talking with the victim: Even seasoned veterans in the victim-advocacy field feel the compulsion to ask these questions, especially when children are involved. It is natural to want to get the individual away from the abuse or to put him in jail, but resist the urge to make these comments or suggestions, because it is counter-productive and risky.

If you are trying to help an employee who is being abused, you must do everything you can NOT to make them feel ...

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