How do you Handle Domestic Violence (DV) in your Business? Part 1
February 26, 2013
This is a very important question that everyone in the managerial arena needs to know the answer to. You ask why, it’s a personal matter. Yes it is a personal matter between the employee and their significant other. However, as the adage says: if it comes into my business, then it automatically becomes MY business!
Too many incidents of WPV start off as a domestic violence (DV) incident. Therefore, it can intrude upon your business in a number of ways. From taking employees away from work to discuss personal issues & problems, either by intrusive personal visits or phone calls. Lost productivity, lost time, and obviously the potential of violence entering into the company and causing innumerable disruptions. Add to that the cost of DV in the workplace and you can have a significant problem.
One of the first things you need to do is actually define what DV actually is. Yes you have to define it in order to combat it within your business. Don’t you have to analyze other problems within your business before they can be solved? DV is no different.
Dv can be anything that is abusive or inflicts physical, mental, or emotional harm to a significant other.
Constant yelling and berating them is DV. And this is the one area that isn’t often considered when talking about Dv. Verbal abuse is harmful, if it goes on long enough to an individual who is susceptible to second guessing themselves.
One fact that you have to keep in mind when defining DV for your policy & procedures manual (my next post) is that anyone can be verbally assaulted. Verbal abuse can be as destructive in a marriage as physical abuse i.e. WPV.
Many incidents of WPV involve verbal abuse and assaults. Our healthcare workers incur the verbal wrath of patient’s innumerable times in their careers. Sometimes this translates to the physical. And in many cases DV translates into the workplace as well.
This is why it’s vital to think about in your business. If an incident of DV enters your workplace, it rarely remains confined to the significant others involved. Friends or relatives will join the fray or be caught in the cross-fire, figuratively or real. And in either event, the company could be liable for injuries because of it, and that could cost you.