BUILD­ING A CASE AGAINST YOUR ABUSER

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Psy­chol­o­gist El­liott Kotze sug­gests prac­ti­cal steps that in­cludes keep­ing a writ­ten record that can be used as ev­i­dence if you de­cide to take ac­tion against your ha­rasser. It will also help you keep track of events and serve as a re­minder that you aren’t over-re­act­ing.

In­clude your line man­ager, or their line man­ager, in all com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and use clear, un­apolo­getic and con­cise lan­guage to in­di­cate why you’re un­com­fort­able or un­able to com­ply with cer­tain in­struc­tions.

It may be im­pos­si­ble to get sup­port from col­leagues and it is there­fore im­por­tant to build a solid sup­port struc­ture out­side of the work­place.

Care­fully con­sider the pros and cons of stay­ing in an abu­sive work­place.

While it may seem a fi­nan­cial risk to leave, burn-out or a psy­cho­log­i­cal break­down can have even more dire fi­nan­cial con­se­quences and it can take a long time to fully re­cover.

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