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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence

After An Incident

After an incident, security or a designated employee at the workplace should continue to monitor the situation for one to three months to determine if there is any escalation or resolution. The decision to continue beyond that initial period may be made based on both the victim’s and the employer’s ongoing assessment of the threat.

Following an incident, the workplace should consult with the victim regarding his or her needs, which may include providing referrals to community-based service providers, providing leave from work or other accommodations, and adapting the workplace safety plan.

A workplace also may need to organize and offer access to counseling, information or other services to coworkers and others. Employees that witnessed or otherwise appear to be impacted by sexual violence should be offered services through Employee Assistance Programs, community-based sexual assault crisis services, or community counselors.

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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Funding by US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women

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.