The role of employee assistance programs in workplace-based intimate partner violence intervention and prevention activities
Given the widespread impact of intimate partner violence (IPV) on the workplace it is critical to understand the involvement of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) in workplace-focused IPV activities. Representatives from a diverse set of 28 external EAPs participated in an “inventory” of practices related to IPV. The study found that the IPV services available to customer companies at the worksite are extensive and primarily include assistance with policy development, delivery of trainings and seminars, delivery of educational/awareness-raising activities, and provision of management/security staff consultation. Yet companies' lack of awareness regarding the role of IPV as a workplace issue challenges the ability of EAPs to deliver extensive workplace-based IPV services.