Domestic abusers make bad employees: study

Abusers bring weapons to work, make dangerous mistakes and exploit phone and e-mail systems to harass victims
||Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Domestic abusers aren’t only a problem in the home — they’re often bad employees, according to a new study.

Employers Against Domestic Violence (EADV), a Massachusetts-based advocacy group, looked at 29 men convicted of domestic violence. According to EADV, abusers bring weapons to work, make dangerous mistakes on the job because they are distracted by their situations and exploit company phones and e-mail to keep track of victims.

The study also came up with recommendations on how to deal with staff with a domestic abuse problem. Firing those convicted of domestic violence isn’t recommended, the study said, because abusers might blame their victims for their job loss. The study found that disciplinary action, in combination with counselling, is a better response than immediately firing abusers.