Why have policies at all?
Policies are general guidelines that define expected employee actions and the organizational response for specific problems or issues. They are a useful assist in the day-to-day decision-making processes of staff and leaders.
Have you thought how a focus on partner violence might fit into your personnel policy or your workplace violence policy? The time to do that is now. All other best practice actions follow from the development and implementation of a good policy.
Developing a policy is the first step in communicating to your employees that your organization understands the effects of PV on people and on the workplace and is serious about addressing those. A clearly written domestic violence policy provides guidance to all employees on what is expected of them and what they can expect from the company concerning this issue. (Although STANDING FIRM usually uses the term “partner violence”, “domestic violence” is more typically recognized by the general public, so we suggest using that term for your policy.)