Signs of DFV in the workplace


If you have concerns about the risk to any employee, you can confidentially seek advice from a specialist DFV service.

This can be done without disclosing the identity of the person experiencing the violence. Some signs that an employee may be experiencing DFV include:

Changes in work outputs or attendance

Victims/survivors of violence may be prevented from, or delayed in getting to work, or the perpetrator may frequently make contact at work.

This may lead to:

  • Noticeable changes in attendance, lateness or leaving work suddenly or early
  • Absenteeism without explanation
  • Needing time off at short notice
  • Reduced quality of work, missing deadlines or poor performance
  • Increasing hours at work (to avoid going home)
  • Frequent interruptions or harassment at work by DFV perpetrator

Visible physical changes or signs

  • Visible bruising or injuries that don’t match explanations
  • Dressing differently, using scarves or hiding parts of the body that may be injured
  • Increased use of makeup
  • Evidence of drug or alcohol abuse
  • Poor sleeping or eating patterns

Changes in behaviour or wellbeing

  • Inconsistent behaviours (anxious, quiet, tearful, distracted, aggressive)
  • Signs of possible mental ill health such as obsessive behaviours, depression or anxiety
  • Isolating themselves from colleagues
  • Being guarded or inconsistent in talking about home life
  • Expressing concerns about children’s contact with person using violence

Other signs of DFV

  • Perpetrator seems unsupportive of work role or is attempting to disrupt work capacity
  • Victim/survivor is isolated from friends and family
  • Gifts such as flowers are sent to work by the person using the violence
  • The perpetrator controls all finances of the victim/survivor

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