Nobody knows your work situation better than you - you are the expert on your own experiences. Take a moment to think about where you are in your journey to recovery from domestic abuse. Try to assess your ability to risk assess and manage your own safety. How has this worked up till now? Do you have the confidence to listen to your gut instincts?
You can discuss how to keep yourself safer at work with your West Cornwall Women’s Aid Worker or with an IDVA (Independent Domestic Violence Advisor) or a counsellor – ask them for advice on safety planning at work or, if you are still studying, at your college or university.
If your abuser knows where you work or study, the best way to keep yourself safe is to tell your employer or education provider
If you need to keep your location confidential, speak to your employers about this. They will need to remember things like not putting your name or photo on the company’s website and making sure that other organisations don’t do this
Try to assess whether your use of social media such as LinkedIn – might this increase the risk to you or lead to you being located?
Think through practical things such as getting to and from work safely particularly in the dark, how reception or security works to deal with unannounced visitors, how you might respond to a phone call from a perpetrator, arrangements for the children whilst you are at work or study, does your role or the one you are interested in involve your unrestricted contact with the general public?
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