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Domestic violence occurs when one person in a relationship tries to physically or psychologically control the other. Examples of abuse include: put-downs or name-calling, physical harm, threats of physical harm, intimidation and sexual assault.
Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. Victims can be any gender, race, age, or culture. Learning about the signs of domestic violence and bringing awareness to the problem is the first step in ending the cycle. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, help is available. Below is information and resources that can assist with domestic violence situations. You may also contact the Employee Service Program to speak confidentially with an ESP Counselor at 1-800-521-1377.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline has trained counselors who can help during a crisis.Counselors offer support as well as information on programs to assist you with shelter, social, and legal concerns. It is a free service, and the hotline is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-799-7233. Counselors are also available to chat online.
- Help is available! (michigan.gov) has links and numbers to several resources for domestic violence, teen dating abuse, and rape, abuse and incest as well.
- Find Services In Your Area (michigan.gov) is a search tool to locate domestic violence resources by county or region of the State.
- Talking to Your Coworker - The Hotline offers ideas on how to approach and support someone you feel may be in danger or an unhealthy relationship.
- HR Can (and Should) Help Victims of Domestic Violence - HR Daily Advisor (blr.com) gives ideas on how management can support employees and identify possible signs that an employee may be in an abusive relationship.