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How to develop a workplace policy on domestic violence

Author: Louis Wustemann

Summary

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  • Be aware that, although there is no obligation on employers to take action in respect of domestic violence, it may be in both the organisation's and employees' interests to do so.
  • Develop procedures to support victims of domestic violence either as a separate initiative or by strengthening the organisation's existing policies.
  • Publicise the support available to employees.
  • Make sure that there is a named individual, trained to offer appropriate support, to act as a confidential contact point for employees.
  • Offer access to external counselling where needed.
  • Make provisions for special leave for, and reduced demands on, employees suffering domestic violence.
  • Strengthen arrangements for security in the workplace.