Season 2 Episode 21: Minisode Series on Worker Safety & Well-Being: When workers are targeted by the perpetrator
In this second installment of the multi-part minisode series on worker safety and well-being, Ruth and David explore the important topic of workers being targeted by domestic violence perpetrators. In a few minutes , David & Ruth discuss different ways workers are targeted including:
- Manipulation, intimidation and bullying
- Threats of or actual lawsuits and complaints lodged with managers, professional boards, or courts
- Implied or real threats against family members
- Stalking (online or in real life)
Ruth & David also discuss how misogyny, racism or other forms of discrimination can be factors in the targeting of workers.
David & Ruth finish the brief episode with specific suggestions about basic safety and support strategies that agencies can put in place to respond to the behaviors of perpetrators. These include:
- Explicitly widen out the concept of worker safety to include intimidation, manipulation, not just explicit threats or acts of violence
- Make this wider definition of worker safety a regular part, preventative (not reactive) supervision in cases
- Ensure that staff that handle client complaint or review boards are educated around coercive control and pattern based assessments
- Performance reviews and human resources procedures need to be consider the impact of threats and intimidation on a worker's performance
About the worker safety and well-being minisode series
The goal of the series is to address the critical issues of worker safety and well-being as a critical aspect of domestic violence-informed systems. This is a series for frontline staff across child protection, mental health and addiction, courts and other systems. We hope it will validate their experiences. This is also a series for human resources managers and organizational leadership. Setting policies and procedures to address worker emotional & professional safety in the context of domestic violence cases is essential to creating a domestic violence-informed agency.
Topics in the series include:
- When workers are targeted by the perpetrator of one of the clients
- The connection between worker safety in engaging perpetrators and mother-blaming practice.
- When workers are being targeted by their own perpetrator (through the workplace and at home)
- When workers own experience of abuse are triggered by their work with families
- Managing your own fears, as the worker, about the safety of the family.