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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Understanding

Understanding all the complexities from the perspective of the victim is the easiest and most supportive way to help, but it’s sometimes the most difficult. Victims are in emotional and physical turmoil, but the simple act of showing real empathy will help them the most. Just be sure you don’t question the victim about why she got into such a relationship or why she stays.

No matter how or why you ask such questions, it won’t help the victim. Being able to open up to a trustworthy and understanding person can provide the greatest relief. Just listen. You don’t have to understand the reasons or the issues that surround the relationship, but you will surely be able to relate to feelings of confusion, fear, and anxiety. If you offer ...

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