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Domestic violence in the workplace - part I: understanding how it affects victims.
AAOHN J 2006 May; 54(5):197-200
S.L. has been with her current employer for 3 years. Up until now, she had been able to keep her secret from her coworkers and manager. But, once again, the violence in her home is escalating and she readies herself for survival mode. She lost her previous job because of the domestic violence perpetrated by her husband, which led to her being late and performing poorly. Her husband would often hide her keys in the morning so she wouldn't be able to get to work on time. He would also call her office to scare and intimidate her. S.L. would try to hide the calls from coworkers, but she is sure they eventually noticed them. When she came to work with a black eye and her manager asked how that happened, S.L. said that she had bumped into something in the garage in the dark. Her manager didn't question her further, but later reprimanded her for coming in late and not turning reports in on time. After 4 months of trying to get it together, she was let go. S.L. is fearful that this cycle will repeat itself now. She likes her current job and wants to remain employed by the company. Right now, her only concerns are preserving her shameful secret, staying safe, and keeping her job. She is unaware of any services that would help her, laws that would protect her, or domestic violence policies or procedures at her company.
Humans; Women; Psychological-effects; Psychological-factors; Psychological-reactions; Psychological-stress; Attitude; Education; Nurses; Epidemiology; Work-environment; Workers; Models
Issue of Publication
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
University of Illinois at Chicago
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