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Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace by Johnny Lee

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Workplace Violence Indicators

If you are an owner or a manager, you must identify an individual’s risk to the workplace. Many of the people who committed horrific acts of workplace violence against coworkers and supervisors had a history of domestic abuse. Some abusers offer no threat to their co-workers and management, but how do you determine which ones will? Management should be concerned with the propensity for violence and a willingness to use it to maintain control. Some abusers are considered “nice guys” who do not have violent tendencies. The truth is that there are so many people who commit abuse, it is impossible to pigeon-hole or stereotype them. Many are relatively harmless to all except their victim. Others are a danger to us all. ...

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