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Domestic violence takes the form of physical abuse and/or psychological or emotional bullying.
Rather than focusing on single acts, be wary of patterns of behaviour.
Listed below are just some of the signs that may possibly indicate that a member of staff has been subjected to some form of domestic abuse. Again, it is important to look for a pattern rather than one specific sign or symptom:
- repeated discussion of marital/relationship problems
- flowers/gifts sent to employee at work for no apparent reason
- bruises, chronic headaches, abdominal pains, muscle aches
vague, non-specific medical complaints – recurrent absenteeism
- reports of sleeping or eating disorders
- increased use of alcohol or drugs
- signs of fear, anxiety, depression
- decrease in job performance
- intense startle reactions
- suicidal or homicidal thoughts
- tension around receiving repeated personal phone calls
- tardiness, or very early arrival at work
- unkempt or dishevelled appearance.