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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence

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Employers and unions have many opportunities to implement policies and programs that can prevent and respond effectively to the workplace effects of violence:

The Workplace Policy Creation Tool guides employers of all sizes through an interactive program to develop and download guidelines for workplace responses to violence.

The Role of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – EAPs are important partners for employers who want to enhance or create workplace responses to domestic, sexual, dating violence and stalking. EAPs have the capacity and experience to intervene with individuals, as well as to develop preventative infrastructures organization-wide.

The Guide for Advocates provides advocates with a roadmap for prevention and intervention with victims, employers, attorneys, and the community at large.

The Guide for Supervisors provides employers with responses to common issues that arise regarding the workplace effects of domestic and sexual violence and stalking.

Union Responses to domestic and sexual violence help unions to consider the issues and take specific actions to address domestic and sexual violence and its impact on members.

This guide walks employers and unions of all sizes through basic elements of a comprehensive workplace program that focuses on prevention as well as response, with links to useful resources on the Workplaces Respond website.

Education and Training are essential for everyone in the workplace. All employees need awareness about the dynamics and dangers of violence. Managers and supervisors need the right information to respond safely and promptly when violence arises. Employees need information about safety and the availability of support and services.

Addressing the Effects of Sexual Violence in the Workplace
The month of April has been designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States. The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.

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.