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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Developing a Security Plan

If you do not have a security plan, it is time to develop one. Risk assessments and legal restrictions will not protect the victim and other employees if the abuser is intent on violent confrontation and is willing to die anyway. Approximately 43 percent of the violent incidents researched in a 2004 Peace@Work study involved abusers who attempted to kill themselves during the rampage. Many succeeded. This reality has significant meaning when it comes to developing a security plan. If cameras and extra lighting are installed in an attempt to thwart a hostile encounter, they will have little impact on an individual who does not intend to survive the day. Unlike the serious hazard of robbery, measures to monitor, record, ...

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