Victims of domestic violence and abuse are everywhere, yet we often inadvertently overlook or excuse our suspicions, especially when the suspected victim denies any such case. Do you suspect that an employee of your workplace is a victim?
Join us for our two-part HR Shield series as we review the employee warning signs of domestic violence, and an appropriate action plan for employers.
Domestic abuse is not always physical; often it’s psychological, which can make identifying various warning signs much more difficult. As an HR Professional or employer, you have the responsibility of protecting your employees within their workplace. You may never know what goes on behind closed doors, but if you suspect domestic violence, your best course of action is to ACT.
If one employee is in a dangerous relationship, it could quickly escalate to a much larger problem, for not only your employee, but your entire team. In extreme situations, an employee’s abusive spouse could eventually show up at the workplace.
Employee Warning Signs:
- The employee seems afraid or anxious around their partner… perhaps you have had a chance to meet their partner at a company outing, or they have stopped by the workplace on occasion.
- Frequent check-ins at the office. Is your employee’s spouse constantly calling the office, or is your employee taking short breaks to “check-in” all of the time?
- The employee has mentioned their spouse’s temper, or jealousy.
- The employee has unexplained injuries.
- Frequent sick days/ or last minute call-ins.
- Suspicious wardrobe choices. For example, long sleeves or turtlenecks in the warmer months.
- A sudden change in confidence.
- Never wanting to participate in or attend employee outings or workplace festivities.
- Exhibiting depression or anxiety.
These are just some telltale signs and symptoms of emotional abuse and domestic violence. If you witness any warning signs of abuse surrounding an employee, take them very seriously. Next week we will be reviewing an employer’s action plan.
For immediate advice, please contact an HR Shield Advisor.
Additional Resources: National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)