Charlotte Murder-Suicide May “Open People’s Eyes” To Workplace Violence


Experts are pointing to a murder-suicide this week at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Charlotte as an example of what can happen when domestic violence – usually considered a private, at-home problem – spills into the workplace, the Charlotte Observer reports. A man shot his wife, a cashier at the store, and killed himself in the store on Monday. The couple had three children.

The issue of domestic violence in the workplace will be the focus of a Charlotte conference next month. United Family Services had planned the sessions to help employers protect employees and others from partner violence. “A lot of companies are not aware of the ramifications of domestic violence until something like this happens,” said Karen Parker Thompson of United Family Services. “Maybe this will open people’s eyes.” The summit will feature a screening of the film “Telling Amy’s Story,” which chronicles the history of violence and threats leading up to a Pennsylvania woman’s death in 2001. Amy Homan McGee, a Verizon Wireless employee, was shot and killed by her husband. Verizon began reviewing its policies after her death.

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