Domestic Violence: The Challenge Of Ensuring Workplace Safety

Webinar: ID# 1026443
Recorded On-Demand
About This Course:
Statistically speaking, every large company has domestic violence in their midst, whether they realize it or not. More than half of women (and many men) have experienced physical, sexual, or severe emotional abuse during their lifetime, and most of these victims are employed, as are their abusers. When these employees show up to their jobs, the domestic violence frequently follows, causing a multitude of problems in the workplace. These issues range from repetitive phone calls on the mild end, to mass shootings on the extreme end of the spectrum.

Violent incidents are a primary concern, but the impact of domestic violence in the workplace reaches far beyond human safety alone. Abused employees have higher absenteeism and lower productivity rates than non-abused employees. They also have over 40% higher health care costs and a greater chance of leaving the company or being fired because of what they are experiencing at home and at work. Their abusers create a significant liability risk for employers facing everything from OSHA violations to multi- million-dollar post-incident lawsuits. If employee victims aren’t coming forward and management isn’t responding correctly, then the company is “flying blind” and unable to see the dangers before them.

As an employer, you have the power to address and defeat the insidious enemy of domestic violence, but you can’t do it without understanding the nature of their opponent and knowing exactly what tools to use in the battle against it.

Join us when Lynn Fairweather, President at Presage Consulting and Training, LLC, will explain the types of domestic abuse and the common myths around them, and how domestic abuse can have a trickle effect and impact everyone at the workplace.

You’ll learn:
  • The prevalence, types, and forms of intimate partner abuse
  • Common myths about domestic violence and the complex dynamics of an abusive relationship
  • How domestic violence can impact the workplace and everyone in it
  • How to recognize, respond to, and refer domestic violence victims
  • Tools to help to keep victims and the workplace safe
About Your Presenter:

Lynn Fairweather
Presage Consulting and Training, LLC

Lynn Fairweather, MSW is an abuse survivor, speaker, consultant, and author who has worked in the domestic violence response and prevention field for over twenty-five years. In her role as president of Presage Consulting and Training she provides expert guidance and education to professionals in both the public and private sector, ranging from the Federal Government to multinational Fortune 500 corporations. Lynn has received multiple awards and commendations for her tireless efforts to increase victim safety and offender accountability. She also serves as a subject matter expert on a variety of domestic violence projects and cases, including as an expert witness at criminal and legislative hearings.

Lynn holds multiple training certifications from respected institutions such as Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and Gavin de Becker’s Advanced Threat Assessment Academy. She also writes professionally on the subject of domestic violence, releasing her first book Stop Signs: Recognizing, Avoiding, and Escaping Abusive Relationships (Seal Press) in 2012, and appearing as a co-author in 2014’s Tales of Women Survivors (Asta Publishing).
Domestic Violence: The Challenge Of Ensuring Workplace Safety
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