P.E.I. guide supports employers responding to family violence

Resource meant to help businesses support employees in need
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 02/26/2018
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The Prince Edward Island government has published a guide to help businesses support employees dealing with family violence. Credit: Marcel Vander Wier

A 20-page guide has been published by the Prince Edward Island government to help businesses support employees dealing with family violence.

Addressing Family Violence – A Guide for PEI Workplaces helps employers recognize the signs of family violence, assist employees, and prevent family violence from escalating into the workplace.

“Even if we are not experiencing violence ourselves, there are actions we can take as bystanders — such as employers, that can make a positive difference in people’s lives,” said Workforce and Advanced Learning Minister Sonny Gallant.

“This guide offers helpful information on how to support the employee and connect them with trained professionals who can offer help.”

The guide was first developed for government employees and was recently updated to be a resource for any workplace in Prince Edward Island.  

When an employee discloses that they are a victim of family violence, it’s important to believe the employee, take it seriously, and provide information and contacts for resources and trained professionals, said a government press release.

The guide is available online at https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/publication/addressing-family-violence-and-workplace.

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