Partner Violence is the pattern of abusive, psychological, emotional, financial, and/or physical behavior between two intimate partners in which one partner maintains power and control over their counterpart.
What STANDING FIRM calls “partner violence” is more commonly known as “domestic violence”. We use the term partner violence to remind us of all that partner violence is not just a “domestic” issue, or something that only affects people’s lives at home. Partner violence occurs in dating and cohabitation relationships and even intimate relationships that have ended. Most importantly to employers, when an employee is experiencing partner violence, this problem affects the entire workplace.
When an employee makes the decision to leave their abuser, it is the most dangerous time. The abuser may not know where they are living, but they know where they work.