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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Working with the Victim

It is vital that you work with the victim. In many instances, victims are true survival experts who have held on to their very lives by learning how to judge the reactions of their abuser. The employee-victim does not have to be at every threat management team meeting nor be part of every decision, but this person can provide vital information: how the perpetrator is likely to respond if, say, criminal charges are filed; what the abuser is likely to be doing at a particular time; and his level of stability. If the rest of the abuser’s life seems to be deteriorating, consider the likelihood that he might be willing to throw it all away in a violent explosion.

Some of the measures you need to take will affect the victim’s ...

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