Approaches used by employee assistance programs to address perpetration of intimate partner violence
Hardison Walters, J., Pollack, K. M., Clinton-Sherrod, A., Lindquist, C., McKay, T., & Lasater, B. (2012). Approaches used by employee assistance programs to address perpetration of intimate partner violence. Violence and Victims, 27(2), 135-147. DOI: 10.1891/0886-6708.27.2.135
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are workplace resources available to employees with problems impacting work performance. EAPs are well-positioned to address intimate partner violence (IPV), a major public health problem with workplace impacts. A purposeful sample of 28 EAPs across the United States was surveyed to identify policies and programs to address IPV, including perpetration. Most EAPs did not report having standardized approaches for addressing IPV perpetration. EAPs also described significant barriers to identifying IPV perpetrators, with the majority relying on self-disclosure on the part of the perpetrator when contacting the EAP. These results suggest that many EAPs—even when interacting with employees who present with issues known to correlate with IPV—are missing a potential opportunity to assess and intervene with IPV perpetrators.