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How to deal with Perpetrators

As a manager you are not expected to attempt to identify perpetrators of domestic abuse, domestic or sexual violence. However, if you have concerns about an employee’s behaviour, although they do not always imply that an individual is a perpetrator, the following signs may be an indicator:

  • Uncharacteristic lateness or absence with no explanation
  • Repeated injuries/scratches/bite marks/bruised knuckles/injuries to wrists/forearms
  • Constant text messaging or telephoning a partner
  • Jealousy or possessiveness
  • Negative comments about the employee’s partner or the gender/sexual orientation of their partner in more general terms

If an individual presents a problem such as drinking, stress or depression, this could also signify that they are perpetrating domestic abuse, domestic or sexual violence.

If an employee reveals that they are a perpetrator of domestic abuse, domestic or sexual violence, remember to Record and Refer.

If you are made aware of concerns that an employee may be perpetrating domestic abuse, domestic or sexual violence by another employee, it is important that you do not take any actions that may lead to repercussions for the victim or yourself. You are advised to seek advice from HR in these circumstances. 

Please remember, unless you are a trained and qualified specialist or counsellor, you should not assume those roles or try to solve the individual’s problems.

Page updated: 06/07/2022 11:05:30