Zelin, Alexandra I.
Osborn, Hannah; Black, Kristen Jennings, 1991-
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The present study aimed to provide actionable solutions to organizations regarding how they can best help reintegrate victims of domestic violence into the workplace following a domestic-related incident. Study one surveyed 59 domestic violence survivors using open-ended questions regarding what their organizations did well and/or could have done better to help reintegrate them. Through directed and conventional content analysis, five key themes emerged for how organizations can demonstrate support: safety, emotional support, resources, work modifications, and general perspectives/additional information. Study two turned the key themes from study one into potential recommendations and then interviewed five Human Resources professionals to assess which recommendations would be feasible to implement in their respective industries. All five interviewees provided additional recommendations based on what they have seen implemented in their organizations. Both studies highlight how important it is for organizations to demonstrate support for victims before, during, and after an incident occurs.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to Dr. Alexandra I. Zelin for helping me turn a small idea I had two years ago into a successful study that will have a long-lasting impact on domestic violence survivors. You have helped me become not only a better researcher and professional, but an all-around better person and advocate. I would also like to thank Drs. Kristen J. Black and Hannah Osborn for their support and unique perspectives they offered throughout the research process. I am so grateful to have had a committee made up of strong, intelligent women. Finally, I would like to thank my family and friends for their patience, various contributions to the study, and commitment to understanding how they can use these findings in their own workplaces.
M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.
Family violence; Personnel management; Work environment
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Wolfe, Corrine, "Easing the return to normalcy: Reintegrating victims of domestic violence into the workplace" (2021). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.