Safety Tips for Victims of Partner Violence
If you are a victim of partner violence, here are some precautions you can take to increase your safety at the workplace:
- Save any threatening e-mail or voice-mail messages. These can potentially be used for future legal action, or can serve as evidence that an existing restraining order was violated.
- Ask your supervisor about the possibility of getting priority parking near the building.
- Have your calls screened, transferring harassing calls to security — or have your name removed from automated phone directories.
- Ask to have your workspace relocated to a more secure area or another site.
- Obtain a restraining order that includes the workplace, and keep a copy on hand at all times. You may want to consider providing a copy to the police, your supervisor, security, or human resources.
- Provide a picture of the perpetrator to reception areas and/or security.
- Identify an emergency contact person if your employer is unable to reach you.
- Ask security to escort you to and from your vehicle or public transportation.
- Have your paychecks delivered to another location.
- Make sure you know about your employer's workplace violence policy and how to report any incident. Pay attention to the specifics of the policy — does it include threats over the telephone? Does it include non-employees as well as employees? Is there a specific telephone number to call?
- Tell your supervisor anything else the company could do or other changes that could be made to make you feel safer. Remember, you know the perpetrator better than anyone else.