How to: Deal with Domestic Abuse at Work

Learning how to recognize abuse and knowing what your employer can do to protect someone in an abusive relationship is critical. This knowledge isn’t just for you – it can also help your colleagues, friends, and acquaintances.

Check out this fact sheet for some tips on warning signs, developing a safety plan if you plan to leave an abusive relationship, and how to seek help at work.

In some provinces, your employer is legally required to help you if you are in an abusive relationship. 

This resource also acknowledges that some individuals may not want their employer to know about abuse. If someone you know is facing abuse in a relationship, be there to support him or her, but remember they are not your decisions to make. Be sure to share community resources (or use them yourself) if reporting abuse to an employer isn’t an option. 


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