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Abuse/Domestic Violence



Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

Warning Signs of Abusive Relationships

The Cycle of Abuse

What to Do if You or Someone You Know has been Sexually Assaulted

Where to Find Help – Liz Claiborne's teen dating violence website has great information for both, those living with violence and their friends and family. – The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence's website contains current information for survivors and those dealing with violence. – The Family Violence Prevention Fund website provides materials which can be ordered, including "No Excuse for Abuse" materials and health care provider brochures.– The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence's website features various publications and resources for organizations and individuals working to end domestic violence. – The National Center for Victims of Crime information site includes materials on domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault.– Legal information website, including referrals and detailed protective/restraining order information, state by state.

How Can Supervisors Help?

If you are a supervisor and suspect that an employee may be in an abusive relationship, but the employee has not disclosed this to you, focus on any job performance changes and consult the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). If the employee has disclosed, work collaboratively with him/her, your internal contacts, such as Human Resources and or Department of Safety & Security (646-4000)

Be supportive! Don’t ignore the situation.

  • Tell the employee that you will protect her/his confidentiality to the fullest extent possible. Exercise caution when considering who in the college has a “need to know.”
  • Be understanding, approachable, and non-judgmental.
  • Respect the employee’s decisions in terms of helping her/him develop a safety plan.
  • Convey that the employee is a valued part of the team; meet privately and address observed performance or conduct problems. Consult with your Human Resources staff.
  • Be flexible and work with the employee to identify potential accommodations such as approving leave use, etc. to address employee safety concerns.
  • If you believe the employee and/or co-workers may be in imminent danger at work, contact the Department of Safety & Security immediately (646-4000). They can help assess the potential seriousness and devise a plan of action.

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Last Updated: 11/30/16