What Can the NFL and Other Employers Do to Address Domestic Abuse? Call their EAP

Release #14-3

Arlington, VA, October 14, 2014—Recent news stories about the NFL have brought new and much-needed attention to the issue of domestic violence.

Employee Assistance Programs, or EAPs, are a valuable resource to employees facing problems such as domestic violence. They offer a confidential resource to victims of domestic violence, who often feel isolated and trapped. With multiple access points (telephonic, web, print, and face-to-face counseling), EAPs offer immediate support to help the employee address and end the pattern of domestic violence. With EAP services, the employee does not have to face the problem alone.

The workplace is at the front line of domestic violence because evidence of abuse can often be seen by supervisors and coworkers, individuals who want to help without intruding on an employee’s privacy. Managers and co-workers often do not know the first steps to take, which can further isolate a domestic violence victim. EAPs can remove those barriers to assistance.

For managers and employees needing to better understand domestic violence and how it may be affecting coworkers, an EAP can offer help through education, wellness initiatives, awareness campaigns, and direct consultation. EAPs are well-placed to foster a culture of healthy relationships and promote immediate assistance when it is unhealthy.

Employers concerned that they may have an employee who is an abuse victim can contact their organization’s EAP or, if one is not in place, the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. For information on EAPs across North America, contact EASNA or visit the list on our website.

As the employee assistance industry’s trade association, EASNA advances the competitive excellence of its members by fostering best practices, research, education, and advocacy in behavioral health and wellness that impacts workplace performance.

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Links

EASNA: https://easna.org

EASNA Membership Directory: https://easna.org/about/member-directory/

National Domestic Violence Hotline: https://www.thehotline.org/

 

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