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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Personal Involvement

Before we get into the subject of agency referrals, we need to talk about becoming personally involved. In many small businesses, employees and owners have developed deep, valued friendships with one another. In some, employees are considered part of the family.

The value of an employer’s compassionate concern and care cannot be overestimated. The victim has social contact and interpersonal relationships that make them feel appreciated for their worth, boosting their morale and determination to eventually leave. This personal encouragement is crucial, but consider carefully how you should help.

Your first thought should be about safety. How risky is it if employers and co-workers step in (especially if the victim stays at ...

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