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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Book Description

The overwhelming occurrence of domestic violence in our society makes it more than likely there are—or will soon be—victims in your workplace. This timely book will help you recognize, respond to and prevent domestic violence and reduce your direct liability as an employer. Written by a domestic violence specialist, the book's 10 chapters provide valuable insight into the complexities of dealing with domestic violence in business. It is recommended reading for human resource professionals, managers, and business owners who want to prevent an incident through policy and program development or be ready to intervene in case of a crisis. Highlighting cases of actual incidents of workplace violence, Counting the Cost is a comprehensive resource that will help you: Recognize the warning signs of domestic violence; Handle legal issues; Develop appropriate policies; Understand the impact of domestic violence on business; Know what to do if the batterer is an employee; Communicate with victims; Make your entire workplace more secure; Train employees on domestic violence protocol; With Counting the Cost as your guide, you can save valuable employees from termination, and gain—in return—years of loyal and dedicated service.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Chapter 1: Recognizing the Warning Signs
    1. Physical Indications
    2. Behavioral Indications
    3. Job Productivity and Performance
    4. The Abuser’s Behavior
  8. Chapter 2: The Costs and Impact of Domestic Violence on a Business Organization
    1. The Prevalence of Domestic Violence
    2. Impact on Work Performance
    3. Impact on Health Care Costs
    4. Continuing Abuse in the Workplace
    5. Actual Violence
  9. Chapter 3: The Dynamics of Domestic Violence
    1. Why doesn’t she just leave?
    2. The Cycle of Violence
    3. Domestic Violence and Self-Esteem
  10. Chapter 4: What If the Batterer Is Your Employee?
    1. Prevalence
    2. Type of Job
    3. Job Performance
    4. When the Victim and the Abuser Are Co-Workers
    5. Handling Co-Worker Situations
    6. Liability Issues
    7. Prevention
    8. Managing an Abusive Employee
    9. Workplace Violence Indicators
  11. Chapter 5: Legal Issues
    1. The Work Environment
    2. Victim Rights and Employment Law
    3. Compensation for Injuries
    4. Policy Risks
  12. Chapter 6: Communicating with the Employee-Victim
    1. Why People Don’t Get Involved
    2. The Approach
    3. Resistance
    4. Pitfalls
  13. Chapter 7: Management Support
    1. Personal Involvement
    2. Referrals
    3. Administrative Support
    4. Employee Records
    5. Understanding
  14. Chapter 8: Security Issues
    1. Preliminary Note on Workplace Violence
    2. Assess Your Vulnerabilities
    3. Roles and Responsibilities
    4. Legal Actions
    5. Stopping the Harassment and Collecting Evidence
    6. Developing a Security Plan
    7. Target Hardening
    8. Personal Safety Plans
    9. Bringing in Outside Help
    10. A Response Plan
    11. Working with the Victim
    12. Documenting Security Measures and Incidents
  15. Chapter 9: Policy Development
    1. Who should be involved?
    2. Legal Considerations
    3. Employee Endorsement and Support
    4. Stand-Alone Policy, or a Component of a Broader Policy?
    5. Components of the Policy
    6. Dissemination
    7. Adopting a Policy
  16. Chapter 10: Training
    1. The Importance of Training
    2. Who should undergo training?
    3. Training the Crisis Management Team
    4. Training Resources
    5. Partnering for Training Delivery
    6. Points for Consideration
    7. Low-Key Outreach
  17. Chapter 11: Making a Difference
    1. The Benefits to Developing a Program
    2. Social Responsibility
    3. Working with Other Organizations
  18. Appendix
    1. Discussion Points: Myths About Domestic Violence
    2. Support Steps: Checklist
    3. Security Measures: Checklist
    4. Organizational Resources
    5. A Model Policy
  19. References
  20. About the Author