Domestic Violence Awareness at The University of Michigan
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For Supervisors

The University of Michigan is committed to providing information, resources and assistance for needs related to domestic violence. As a supervisor, it is your job to do everything you can to promote safety in the workplace.

Your first priority is to protect the workplace, and in case of immediate danger, you are obligated to dial 911, even at the risk of violating confidentiality agreements made with the survivor. Below is a comprehensive guide to the University of Michigan's expectations for supervisors handling issues of domestic violence. Review the full policy.

It is important for you to be able to recognize possible signs of abuse. Signs that someone in your workplace is being abused may include the following:

The Family Violence Prevention Fund suggests the following steps for approaching the topic with an employee you suspect is being abused:

As you talk to the employee, keep in mind that people in abusive relationships are not battered because there is something wrong with them. Rather, they are people who have become trapped in relationships by their partners' use of violence and coercion. The better able you are to recognize and build on the resilience, courage, resourcefulness and decision making abilities of a person in this situation, the better able you will be to help them. You should:

If a survivor discloses to you, it is your responsibility as a supervisor to maintain his/her privacy as much as possible. You should immediately provide the survivor with appropriate resources, including:

You should also encourage all survivors to obtain a personal protection order, and to provide the U-M Police Department (UMPD) at (734) 763-1131 (24-hour dispatch) with a copy of the order. Survivors who do not yet have a personal protection order can receive assistance in petitioning for one from SafeHouse or the UMPD. You may also take one or more of the following actions to increase the safety the survivor, other employees, and the workplace: