Staff as victims signs to look out for


26 / 3 / 2014 3.17pm

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
  • fatigue
  • decrease in job performance
  • intense startle reactions
  • suicidal or homicidal thoughts
  • tension around receiving repeated personal phone calls
  • nightmares/flashbacks
  • tardiness, or very early arrival at work
  • unkempt or dishevelled appearance.

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