Workplace Violence Prevention 2018: Domestic violence in the workplace is a clear and present danger

Original Article: Ana Ellington, Safety.BLR | Dec. 5, 2017

Although domestic violence usually occurs within the home, it all too often follows the victim into the workplace. A perpetrator knows where and when the victim works. To employers, this could become a clear and present danger. At BLR’s Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium in Savannah, Georgia, March 6 and 7, 2018, Lynn Fairweather, MSW, will present the educational session Domestic Violence: An Employer’s Role in Minimizing What Potentially Could Be Your Most Clear and Present Danger, in which she will focus on the serious nature of domestic violence in the workplace that warrants the attention of employers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies domestic violence—or intimate partner violence (IPV)—as widespread, making workplaces particularly vulnerable targets. This session will examine how domestic violence enters your workplace, and it will provide steps to help you protect your workplace and your employees against domestic violence. You will learn about the warning signs of IPV and response-based strategies to prevent the danger of IPV.

In addition to this domestic violence session, BLR’s Workplace Violence Prevention Symposium, geared to both HR and safety professionals, has many more sessions that will focus on tactical strategies for reducing the risk of security breaches, workplace violence, and legal liabilities through powerful keynotes, educational sessions, and workshops.

The nation’s leading practical conference on workplace violence prevention provides practical workplace violence prevention training, including:

  • Dealing with conflicting ideological beliefs;
  • Compliant employment screening practices;
  • Legal bounds under state gun control and concealed-carry laws;
  • Cyberbullying and electronic harassment;
  • Dealing with worker mental health-related issues;
  • And much more.

As always, there will be many opportunities to network with peers and expert presenters and share ideas of what is working—and not working—in the world of workplace violence prevention. In addition, the conference program has been preapproved for recertification credits that can be applied toward professional development.