Resources for Employees
Working with patients who experience trauma can affect the provider. There are personal self-care strategies for providers and policies that managers can implement to support their staff and that individual providers can explore to take care of themselves.
Click here for a handout on common reactions to caring for survivors of trauma.
Personal experiences with violence can also impact how providers react to patients experiencing violence and increase vulnerability to secondary traumatic stress. Encourage program managers to implement strength-based practices so that only staff who have had training on domestic violence, who are comfortable with doing screening, and who are prepared to respond appropriately to disclosures are doing assessment with patients.
Any educational trainings held on IPV should also include information on where employees in abusive relationships can access assistance for themselves.
- National Workplace Resource Center: Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center, makes it easier than ever for employers to adopt vitally important policies to protect employees from domestic and sexual violence. The new Center was formed by a partnership of seven national organizations led by Futures Without Violence, and funded by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). For more information, www.workplacesrespond.org.
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