Working to end domestic violence 

Whitney Abrams, Chief People Officer, King County Executive Office

Dear employees,

This month, we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month in King County to raise awareness about the signs of abuse and how we can stop it. 

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States – more than 10 million people each year – according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. There is also concern that these numbers will jump as a result of social distancing and quarantine during COVID-19. 

King County is committed to stopping domestic violence in our community and at work. The County’s updated Domestic Violence in the Workplace policy encourages employees who have experienced domestic violence or those at risk of experiencing domestic violence to talk to their supervisor, a Human Resources representative, or the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to get the assistance they need. As trained and credentialed counselors, the EAP providers know that each domestic violence situation is different and that the individual facts should be considered to best assist an employee. 

In addition, our Leave for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking policy provides leave to employees experiencing domestic violence to address safety concerns, receive legal advice, attend legal proceedings, or receive counseling or other healthcare treatment. It also provides leave for employees to assist family members who are experiencing domestic violence with the same.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your supervisor, a Human Resources representative, or the Employee Assistance Program. 

Sincerely,

 

 

Whitney Abrams
Chief People Officer