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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence

Monitoring and Evaluating Workplace Programs

Workplaces may implement a variety of strategic actions to address domestic and sexual violence, but often overlook measuring the impact of such actions. Without some form of feedback, there is no way to determine if the actions are effective.

Monitoring is a normal management function and it is important to evaluate how consistently new procedures are being implemented. This involves three steps.

(1) Begin a process for regular monitoring of workplace responses to domestic and sexual violence by using the Questionnaire provided below as a guideline.

(2) Monitor workplace responses on an ongoing basis through an annual review of domestic and sexual violence prevention and response measures.

Any type of monitoring or evaluation will depend heavily on written records, as described below in the Annual Review Checklist. It is crucial that any individual, detailed records relevant to domestic and sexual violence incidents are kept in a confidential place and not shared with personnel who are not involved in security or management roles.

(3) Formally evaluate strategic measures such as policies and procedures, training, services for employees, and safety and security mechanisms.


Questionnaire: Initial Evaluation of Workplace Program

Partner Organizations Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), Legal Momentum, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and its National Sexual Violence Resource Center, National Sexual Assault Coalition Resource Sharing Project (RSP) of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, Victim Rights Law Center, and Stalking Resource Center: A Program of The National Center for Victims of Crime.

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2009-TA-AX-K028 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed on this site or in any materials on this site, are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.