Approaches used by employee assistance programs to address perpetration of intimate partner violence

Jennifer L.Hardison Walters, Keshia M. Pollack, Monique Clinton-Sherrod, Christine H. Lindquist, Tasseli Mckay, Beth M. Lasater

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Abstract

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are workplace resources available to employees with problems impacting work performance. EAPs are well-positioned to address intimate partner violence (IPV), a major public health problem with workplace impacts. A purposeful sample of 28 EAPs across the United States was surveyed to identify policies and programs to address IPV, including perpetration. Most EAPs did not report having standardized approaches for addressing IPV perpetration. EAPs also described significant barriers to identifying IPV perpetrators, with the majority relying on self-disclosure on the part of the perpetrator when contacting the EAP. These results suggest that many EAPs-even when interacting with employees who present with issues known to correlate with IPV-are missing a potential opportunity to assess and intervene with IPV perpetrators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-147
Number of pages13
JournalViolence and victims
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Batterer intervention
  • Domestic violence
  • IPV perpetration
  • Workplace violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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