DiscoverPartnered with a Survivor: David Mandel and Ruth Stearns MandelSeason 2 Episode 21: Minisode Series on Worker Safety & Well-Being: When workers are targeted by the perpetrator
Season 2 Episode 21: Minisode Series on Worker Safety & Well-Being:  When workers are targeted by the perpetrator

Season 2 Episode 21: Minisode Series on Worker Safety & Well-Being: When workers are targeted by the perpetrator

Update: 2021-11-07
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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.

Listen to the introduction to the series
Read the Safe & Together Institute’s white paper on worker safety
Take an online course on worker safety related to domestic violence


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Season 2 Episode 21: Minisode Series on Worker Safety & Well-Being:  When workers are targeted by the perpetrator

Season 2 Episode 21: Minisode Series on Worker Safety & Well-Being: When workers are targeted by the perpetrator