Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center (Workplaces Respond) educates and builds collaborations among workplace and non-workplace stakeholders – employers, worker associations, unions, and anti-violence advocates – to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, stalking, and exploitation impacting the workplace. The project is a public-private partnership led by Futures Without Violence, and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).
Workplaces Respond maintains an online interactive National Resource Center that provides information, resources, training, and technical assistance to employers, workers, worker associations, and other stakeholders to develop and implement proactive, multi-stakeholder programs that assist employees who experience violence and exploitation. The initiative also conducts live and web-based education and training for employers, government, and unions, and presents at regional and national conferences to promote strategies to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and stalking impacting the workplace.
“We spend more time working than on any other waking activity, and with 1 in 4 women experiencing some form of interpersonal violence in her lifetime, the workplace presents a critical opportunity for intervention, prevention, and support.”
Workplaces Respond promotes resilient workplace communities that can both recover from incidents of violence, as well as support workers who experience domestic violence, sexual
violence, and stalking at home or on the job. The initiative focuses on sectors where low-wage and immigrant workers are especially vulnerable to violence and exploitation, such as the agriculture, restaurant, hospitality, health care, janitorial/domestic work, and retail industries. Workplaces Responds collaborates with stakeholders in these sectors to develop pilot sites and learning labs, which facilitate the creation and dissemination of culturally-relevant and industry-appropriate best practices to increase worker safety and economic security.
Workplaces Respond also convenes leaders and advocates, including: A Path for Workplace Rights and Freedom From Violence, which brought together national leaders representing workers’ rights advocates, anti-violence advocates, high road employers, private foundations, and state and federal government to consider collaborative ways to promote workers’ economic security and freedom from violence and begin sharing values, language, and a vision for working together; and Reimagining Workplace Safety, a summit of union leaders, health and safety experts, researchers, and sexual and domestic violence, gender rights, economic justice, and workers’ rights advocates from across the United States and Canada to share and create strategies to shift the culture of the workplace to one that enhances support to workers experiencing gender-based violence on the job or at home.
Workplaces Respond shares the vision of a future without violence that provides education, safety, justice, and hope for all workers and their families.