June 18, 2013
By Julie Montanaro
Domestic violence can follow a woman- or a man- to work and a group is urging employers to come up with policies to deal with the fallout.
The City of Tallahassee, Leon County and Tallahassee Community College are all working on crafting new domestic violence policies.
The Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is helping them.
The commission wants to ensure managers have plans in place should batterers show up at work, should co-workers witness or try to break up a confrontation, or should women need flex time to deal with injuries or court dates.
"If people don't know how their employer is going to respond, they may be reluctant to disclose and that may put not only them, but their co-workers at risk, if they're victims of stalking or domestic violence," said committee chair Gail Dixon.
The Commission on the Status of Women and Girls is hoping private employers in Tallahassee will follow the public sector's lead.
It's hoping to have guidelines ready to share by this fall.