How can an employer implement a policy on domestic violence?

Author: Julie H. Cox

First, a strong workplace violence prevention program and policy needs to be in place. An employer must provide routine training to employees to remind them of the importance of reporting potentially dangerous situations, even from those who are not co-workers.

Assurance of confidentiality should be communicated so that employees are more likely to report situations. An employer can offer workshops and guest lecturers from counseling centers or the employee assistance program, if one is in existence in the workplace. Supervisors should be trained to recognize problems among their employees, including signs of stress or physical harm created by domestic violence.