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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Domestic Violence and Self-Esteem

The relationship between domestic violence and employment is complicated. Many victims cannot keep a job because their abuser schemes to get her to quit or be fired in order to exert more control. If the victim has the strength to leave, the abuser will try to take away any part of the victim’s life she or he has rebuilt. Incidents that occur at work, ranging from telephone harassment and verbally abusive arguments to disruptive scenes in front of others, are the abuser’s attempt to damage the victim’s work life. They are tactical ploys that exert and maintain power and control. The employer who takes the time to understand the needs of the victim and the abuser will help the victim overcome the many obstacles ...

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