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Employee Education
This section provides a library of materials that can be shared with your employees. Includes information such as Dos & Don'ts to Minimize Violence and baby care tips a sample article entitled Open Your Eyes to Partner Violence at Work.
Sample Article - Preventing Partner Violence
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Forms of partner violence and the cycle of abuse

Approximately 500 words

Reproduction Options:
Copy and paste this copy into your custom publications
Reproduce directly from this file

How to Customize:
Add information near the bottom of the article:
- Your company name and logo
- Corporate contact name or department for further information
- Local shelter or social service telephone numbers
- National Domestic Violence Hotline (U.S. only) 1-800-799-SAFE; TDD Hotline: 1-800-787-3224

Insert quotes from:
- Your company's employees and managers
- Local experts

Suggested Uses:
- Run as a series with other provided articles in employee publications
- Place in industry trade publications
- Place in local newspapers during October, recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- Print them as informational handouts; make them available in cafeterias and break rooms

Appoint an interested employee to research and write a follow up article on a subject that would be of particular interest to your employees. See other articles available: What is Partner Violence? Healthy Relationships Help Prevent Partner Violence
Partner violence – violent behavior occurring between two people involved in an intimate relationship – is about exercising power and control over another person. Healthy relationships, on the other hand, are built on equality, mutual respect, effective communication and a willingness to compromise on both sides.

Partners Should Be Equals
Partners in a relationship, whether dating, living together or married, should be equals. Here are some guidelines for an equal relationship:

  • Work at negotiating win/win agreements.
  • Be conscious of competition and power plays.
  • Be equal in sexual responsibility. Talk openly about each other's needs.
  • Spend time with friends. Let your partner do the same.
  • Be honest with your partner.
  • Don't demand or expect perfection from yourself or your partner.
  • Learn to deal with your insecurities and fears. Control those feelings– not other people.
Rules for a Fair Argument
Conflict is a normal part of every relationship. But, if it's not handled properly, conflict can tear a relationship – and lives – apart. We can't avoid conflicts, but we can learn to fight fair. The key is to attack the problem not the other person. Take a look at the following lists of fair and unfair behaviors. Ask yourself: Do I play fair even in the heat of an argument?

Fair Behaviors
  • Focusing on the problem
  • Attacking the problem, not the person, with an open mind
  • Looking for compromises
  • Taking time-outs and breathers
  • Being honest with yourself and your partner
  • Treating a person's feelings with respect
  • Admiting when you're wrong
  • Making your agreements clear – repeating them and writing them down
Foul Behaviors
  • Name calling
  • Bringing up the past
  • Hitting
  • Pushing
  • Threatening
  • Expecting there to be a winner and a loser
  • Denying the facts
  • Making excuses
  • Gloating over a “victory”
  • Ignoring your partner
  • Getting even
An Ounce of Prevention
In order to end partner violence we must focus on education and prevention. Learning how to function as equals and how to fight fair will provide the foundation for healthy and life-enhancing relationships. If your relationship is a healthy one; keep it healthy. If you occasionally engage in some of the unfair behaviors, now is the time to change. If you are in an abusive relationship, get help today.
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