There are several places people can turn for help when they have, in some way, been involved with workplace violence. The following four suggestions are merely provided as a starting point.
- Peer Support Personnel: Some departments offer a Peer Support Program to their employees. Peer Support Officers are personnel who have personal first-hand experience dealing with the issues surrounding traumatic events. These officers volunteer their time to assist employees with problems that may arise as a result of violence in the workplace.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP): The State of California provides access for all employees to EAP Counselors, who are specially trained and ready to deal with the most difficult of workplace related problems. EAP personnel are available to provide assistance 24 hours a day at 800-632-7422. Critical Incident Stress Debriefings are also available, for an additional fee, through the EAP; arrangements for the use of these specialized services should be made by management personnel.
- Support Group: Sometimes talking with others who have shared the same experience is helpful in the healing process. If this is the case, consider joining a local support group. (For more information contact your county social services office.)
- Clergy: Local clergy can be called upon for just about anything; rarely will any compensation be expected. Most often, Pastors, Ministers, Priests and Rabbis have received training to deal with even the most horrible of situations.
- Information on Terrorism Prevention, Preparedness & Response: In addition to checking with your local police, fire and public health departments, the web sites and telephone information systems of the following state and federal agencies have guidance on a variety of possible terrorist acts that could affect your workplace:
California Office of Emergency Services (OES) has terrorism guidance, response plan information and a 24-hour hotline available to all state agencies and the general public.
Web address: www.oes.ca.gov
24-hour hotline: 800-550-5234
California Department of Health Services (DHS) has health information and guidance on bioterrorism.
Web address: www.dhs.ca.gov
At the federal level the Center for Disease Control (CDC) will provide the latest public health recommendations on bioterrorism.
Web address: www.cdc.gov
California Highway Patrol (CHP) has terrorism prevention and law enforcement advice specific to state agencies such as mail handling procedures.
Web address: www.chp.ca.gov
At the federal level the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will provide the latest law enforcement recommendations on terrorism.
Web address: www.fbi.gov
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