Domestic Violence is any violent or controlling behavior by a person toward a spouse or partner and can include a dating relationship. Although the partner is the primary target, domestic abuse also affects the children in the household, extended family, co-workers, and even the community at large. If anyone has ever been hit or abused by a spouse, domestic partner, or boy/girl friend and they want to report it as a crime; they should immediately call the police. Evergreen takes domestic violence seriously and has adopted the following policy:
Domestic Violence and the Workplace
The purpose of this policy is to set forth guidelines for all Evergreen State College employees to address the occurrence of domestic violence and its impacts in the workplace.
Domestic violence is abusive behavior that is physical, sexual, verbal, and/or psychological, intended to establish and maintain control over a partner.
- Domestic violence is a serious problem that affects people from all walks of life.
- It can adversely affect the well-being and productivity of employees who are victims, as well as their co-workers.
- Other effects of domestic violence in the workplace include increased absenteeism, turnover, health care costs and reduced productivity.
Evergreen State College will not tolerate domestic violence in the workplace and is committed to working with employees who are victims or perpetrators of domestic violence to prevent abuse and harassment from occurring in the workplace.
Evergreen State College will provide appropriate support and assistance to employees who are victims of domestic violence.
Support and assistance includes:
- Confidential means for coming forward for help
- Resource and referral information
- Work schedule adjustments or leave as needed to obtain assistance
- Workplace relocation as feasible.
- Other appropriate assistance will be provided based on individual need.
Employees who are perpetrators of domestic violence will be encouraged to seek assistance. The College will provide information regarding counseling and certified treatment resources, and make work schedule arrangements to receive such assistance.
Any employee who commits domestic violence at the workplace or from the workplace may be subject to corrective or disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Corrective or disciplinary action may also be taken against employees who are convicted or issued a permanent injunction as a result of domestic violence when such action has a direct connection to the employee's duties as a state employee. No employee will be penalized or disciplined solely for being a victim of domestic violence in the workplace.
All employees need to take seriously the problem of domestic violence and its effect in the workplace. Evergreen State College will take all reasonable measures to foster a safe working environment for all employees and clients.