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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Points for Consideration

STRONG REACTIONS

Family violence and its repercussions are not easy topics of discussion. Few people will be able to digest and contemplate all of its aspects without the subject touching some deep personal nerve. It is not an impersonal, technical topic and will probably elicit some controversy. Trainers should anticipate a range of reactions, from emphatic criticism to tearful, emotional response.

As we said, it is not uncommon to have in the training audience someone who has been abused at some time in their lives. If they share this information, it can be quite powerful. However, think carefully about content: Descriptions and details about physical and sexual abuse will spark immediate and very intense reaction. ...

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