BUILDING A CASE AGAINST YOUR ABUSER
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.