Reasons women experiencing intimate partner violence seek assistance from employee assistance programs

Keshia M. Pollack, Chris Cummiskey, Karol Krotki, Michele Salomon, Allison Dickin, Whitney Austin Gray, Jeane Ann Grisso

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Abstract

This research explores the reasons that employed adult women (N1=4760), living in the United States, who experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) contacted the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Women who contacted their EAP most often sought counseling or referrals for mental health or legal services. Most women who contacted their EAP did so because they did not know where to turn for help, gained access to an EAP, or were encouraged by a workplace manager/supervisor of family/friend. These results suggest that EAPs should work closely with workplace supervisors/managers and employees to provide information regarding EAP access and available resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-194
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Workplace Behavioral Health
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Employee assistance
  • Employment
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Workplace violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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