Have you ever dealt with an employee who had signs and symptoms of domestic abuse, but loved, defended and protected the abuser? Some experts call this reaction Stockholm Syndrome or Trauma Bond. While hard to understand, the realities exist that an employee who suffers violently from abuse at home may allow this situation to escalate to the point that your workplace is affected. But, what exactly is Stockholm Syndrome and why does it develop? Trigger Warning: This article contains accounts of abuse that may serve as a trigger to some readers.
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