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New Directions From the Field: Victims' Rights and Services for the Twenty-First Century - Business Community

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A reprint of Chapter 12 from "New Direction From the Field: Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st Century," this bulletin highlights innovative corporate approaches to assisting crime victims and responding to workplace violence; it proposes recommendations for improving the business community's response to violence.
In the past 15 years, employers have begun to recognize that it is good business to offer employees a full spectrum of assistance programs to help them deal with problems, including criminal victimization, that affect job performance and the safety of the workplace. Employee assistance programs are now routinely offered in many workplaces. Some enlightened employers and unions are implementing policies to prevent violence in the workplace and to assist employees who become victims. Unfortunately, many barriers still block corporate America's ability and willingness to respond fully and appropriately to crime victims. Among the recommendations offered are that business leaders commit resources in addition to money to victim assistance and crime prevention efforts and that designated employees receive training on how workplace violence impacts employees and the company and how to develop and implement policies to resolve conflicts. 14 notes

Date Published: January 1, 1998