Uppsala University does not tolerate threats and violence. No co-worker should be subjected to threats or violence, neither at work nor in their private lives. However, domestic violence is more prevalent than many people know. This is a societal problem that needs to be carefully considered, since it may have severe consequences for a person’s health, ability to work and their whole situation of life.
The employer must actively work towards a safe environment for all co-workers at our university. During the Corona pandemic, the work situation and work environment has largely changed, since more people are asked to work from home. Working from home may be a risk factor for someone with a prior alcohol abuse, who suffers from mental ill health or who is subjected to threats and violence by a partner. In such circumstances, i.e. working from home, as manager you need to maintain a closer contact with your co-workers, and ask questions on the organisational and social work environment, in order to see early warning signs of ill health.
Should you suspect or is told that a co-worker is subjected to threats and violence, you should talk about it with the co-worker. As manager, you can act from a perspective of work environment. Primarily, however, it is about acting out of concern for your co-workers. The work place functions as free zone for many of those subjected to threats and domestic violence. As manager, you can be a firm support for a co-worker subjected to threats and violence by creating a safe work situation and by supporting the co-worker in getting the right help.
Using this information as a guideline, you can raise the issue of vulnerability and experience of violence. You will find brief information on domestic violence and advice on how to act as manager. It also contains information on where to direct a co-worker who needs support. The information is tailored to managers, but can also be used by other professions, such as HR.
This information has been prepared in conjunction with The National Centre for Knowledge on Men's Violence Against Women, NCK, at Uppsala University and the Uppsala University Hospital.
What is domestic violence?
How common is domestic violence?
What are the consequences of domestic violence?
What can you do as a manager?
How do we proceed? Support from other actors
All information (pdf)
Read more on NKC’s web:
Further knowledge on domestic violence (Swedish only)
Online basic introductory course on men’s violence against women and domestic violence (Swedish only)
Online resources (Swedish only)