Domestic Violence Spillover: 10 Proactive Strategies for Preventing Workplace Attacks

    /Lynn   /Fairweatherspeaker of Training Doyensinvite
    Speaker: Lynn Fairweather

    More Trainings by this Expert
    Duration: 90 Minutes
    Product Code: 50044
    Level: Intermediate


This unique 90 minute webinar aims to help prevent domestic violence related attacks in the workplace by focusing on effective, proactive safety strategies.

Threat assessment and management expert Lynn Fairweather uses real case studies and cutting edge research to show how domestic violence spillover occurs and how professionals can identify potentially lethal situations before they explode.

The domestic violence training begins with several examples of recent spillover attacks, followed by statistical information on the prevalence and “common denominators” of such cases. Participants will then be introduced to key threat assessment and management concepts that can be applied to their most critical cases.

Through a series of 10 strategies, Ms. Fairweather explains the “3 R’s” that every manager must know, the essential elements of a workplace violence training policy, and how to cultivate a supportive employee culture. Featured content areas include situational analysis, program evaluation, perpetrator lethality factors, and target hardening techniques.

Attendees will leave with an enhanced knowledge of domestic violence spillover, as well as a toolbox of practical ideas on preventing workplace violence in their own facilities.


Statistically speaking, every large company has workplace domestic violence policy. More than half of women (and many men) have experienced physical, sexual, or severe emotional abuse during their lifetime and most of these victims are employed, as are their abusers. When both show up to their jobs, the abuse and harassment often follow, emerging as domestic violence “spillover” in the workplace. The spillover spectrum ranges from repetitive phone calls on the mild end, to mass shootings on the extreme. Of course, violent incidents are a primary concern, but the impact of workplace bullying training reaches far beyond human safety alone. Abused employees have higher absenteeism and lower productivity rates than non-abused employees. They also have over 40% higher health care costs and a greater chance of leaving the company or being fired because of what they are experiencing at home and at work. Their abusers create a significant liability risk for employers facing everything from OSHA violations to multimillion dollar post-incident lawsuits. If employee victims aren’t coming forward and management isn’t responding correctly, then the company is “flying blind”, unable to see the dangers before them. Employers should attend this webinar because while it is within their power to address and defeat the insidious enemy of domestic violence, they can’t do it without understanding the nature of their opponent and knowing exactly what tools to use in the battle against it.


This webinar covers 10 proactive strategies for preventing domestic violence spillover in the workplace.

Beginning with statistics on the prevalence of primary and secondary victimization, facilitator Lynn Fairweather will guide participants through a collection of real life cases, with a focus on the common denominators between them. From there, attendees will discover the first strategy, learning how to shift their security approach from reactive to proactive defense. Within this unit they will explore key threat assessment and management concepts such as “The Kindling and the Spark”, “The Path to Intended Violence” and “The Dangerous Dog”. Next, attention turns to the second strategy, where Ms. Fairweather will explain how to establish a strong company stance against domestic violence, supported by clear and comprehensive policy. In the third strategy, participants will learn about creating an employee protection culture that encourages disclosure and trust between employees and management. This is followed by a discussion on internal training, and the importance of mastering the “3 R’s” of domestic violence response (Recognize, Respond, and Refer). The fifth strategy is in regard to the establishment and training of threat assessment teams, and features six reasons why domestic violence threat is different from other types of workplace risk.

Ms. Fairweather continues by explaining how to identify high lethality risk factors in a case and reveals six types of fatal outcome. She also offers suggestions for several “situational analysis” questions that may help to determine where an abuser is at in their violence risk trajectory. In the seventh strategy, participants will review a sample menu of target hardening measures. Afterward, the eighth unit covers how to prepare staff to respond to an onsite attack. Finally, the conversation turns to case monitoring, and lastly to process evaluation with the goal of learning from past mistakes and successes. The webinar concludes with an offering of additional domestic violence resources.


  • Understand the issue of “domestic violence spillover” and be able to identify new strategies for handling and preventing it
  • Learn the traits of a “high lethality” abuser and learn to recognize escalating risk factors in employee related domestic violence cases
  • Explore the elements of a comprehensive workplace domestic violence policy and leave with new ideas for victim-employee protection


  • Corporate Threat Managers
  • Security Professionals
  • Human Resources Personnel
  • Business Attorneys


Lynn Fairweather, MSW is an abuse survivor who has worked in the domestic violence response and prevention field for over 24 years. In her role as president of Presage Consulting and Training she provides expert guidance and education to professionals in both the public and private sector, ranging from the federal government to multinational Fortune 500 corporations. Presage services include domestic violence threat assessment and management training, workplace violence program and policy consultations, and 24/7 threat response for employee cases. Before founding Presage in 2008, Lynn earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Social Work. Her skills in domestic violence threat assessment were developed by working on thousands of high risk cases through positions in social service, criminal justice, university, and shelter systems. Lynn has served on several interpersonal violence task forces and facilitated both victim support groups and batterer’s intervention programs.

As President of Oregon VAWPAC, Lynn leads America’s only bi-partisan political action committee focused on ending violence against women. She is an active member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and holds training certifications from Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and Gavin de Becker’s Advanced Threat Assessment Academy. Locally, she donates her time to train domestic violence organizations as a way of giving back to the advocacy field where she began her career. Lynn also writes professionally on the subject of domestic violence, releasing her first book in 2012 (Stop Signs: Recognizing, Avoiding, and Escaping Abusive Relationships” Seal Press) and appearing as a featured author in Asta Publishing’s 2015 compilation “Tales of Women Survivors”.

View all trainings by this speaker

Purchase Options

Apologies. This webinar is currently unavailable. Please contact our Customer Support team on +1-720-996-1616 to know more.

refer friend

Approved Enablers of your
Continuing Education Credits

View all CEU Approved Webinars