Domestic Violence Seminar Improves Workplace

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Stalking is one of the top causes that leads to domestic violence in the workplace.

A Kansas advocacy group held a seminar Wednesday to help eliminate this problem and educate those in the workplace on what signs they can spot to fix it.

A KCASDV study says that 78% of surveyed perpetrators use workplace resources at least once to express remorse or anger or check up on a threatened victim.

Pamela Paziotopulos is a former prosecutor. When she noticed many of her clients were filing restraining orders for domestic violence in the work place, she decided it was an issue that needed more attention.

"Victims aren't coming forward with this information," says Paziotopoulos.

That's what brings her to the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence seminar to share victim's stories to business owners and human resource officers on domestic violence in the workplace.

The seminar room has blue silhouettes of silent witnesses whose stories have a tragic ending. Among them is Rosa, a woman who filed protective order against her stalker ex-husband.

"Unfortunately, he violated the protective order 3 times and then went on a rampage and killed her at work and killed her coworker she was only 41 years old!" says Paziotopulos.

Audience members watched a video of a re-enactment of a domestic violence case. Pamela Paziotopulos offered advice on how to spot signs of stalking or sexual violence in the workplace.

"So, when you see changes with an employees behavior at work, there might be something going on," says Paziotopulos.

Organizers say they hope this discussion provides help.

"To create a culture and provide information to possible victims of domestic violence," said Marlou Wegener.

Pamela Paziotopulos says the best advice is to break the silence.

"As a victim, you need to demand, demand that you get the help and protection and the safety that you need," says Paziotopulos.

If you recognize any signs of abuse in the workplace, you can call the Kansas Crisis Hotline at 1-888-END-ABUSE (1888-363-2287).