Office/Agency Safety

Things to consider for safety within your workplace:

  • Meet with a survivor and especially an abuser in a setting where there are other people.
  • Find out what security measures there are for you in your workplace.
  • If possible, have "panic buttons" installed
  • Have people sign in or be "buzzed" in when entering the office or building.
  • Consult with any on site-security guards.
  • Install a good lock on the outer office door.
  • Have a plan for yourself if you ever have to work alone.
  • Park in a well-lit place.
  • Have someone escort you to your car or home if needed.

If your job entails going to the home of someone who is abusive or who is being abused, you should take additional steps for your safety:

  • Bring another worker with you to your meetings.
  • Carry a cell phone
  • Depending on the level of risk, you may not want to go to the home, but instead have the client meet you at an office or a public location.

Try to create change on an institutional level if worker safety is an ongoing issue.

  • If your job has an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) consider speaking with them.
  • If your work environment is unresponsive to your safety concerns, consider changing jobs.

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