How to talk to an employee who might be experiencing domestic violence

How to talk to an employee who might be experiencing domestic violence

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Talking about domestic violence in
a workplace setting can be difficult. If you thought an employee was at
risk, how would you handle it? Alex, I am worried about you. You are a
great worker, but lately you seem distracted. Is it OK to talk about my personal problems at work? If you tell me what’s wrong, maybe I can help. I didn’t want to bring it up at work, but… my partner is hurting me at home. That’s so hard to believe! Does my boss think I’m lying? How do you put up with this? Does he think it’s my fault? You should leave your partner! If only it were that easy! A victim is at greatest risk when leaving an abusive relationship. Avoid telling your employee what to do. When talking about domestic violence: – Be supportive – Be supportive
– Don’t judge – Be supportive
– Don’t judge
– Ask questions Let’s try that again… Alex, I am worried about you. You know you’re a great worker, but lately you seem distracted. If you tell me what’s wrong, maybe I can help. I didn’t want to bring it up at work, but my partner is… hurting me at home. Oh no… I am sorry to hear that. Would you like to talk about it? Is there any point in talking about
this at work? You know, we have policies that can help keep you safe at work. It would be such a relief to feel safe while I am here. Look, here’s a list of resources for people dealing with domestic violence. I’m here to listen any time, OK? You are not alone. Maybe there is hope… For more information and tips go to WorkSafeBC.com/DomesticViolence

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