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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence

Domestic Violence Training Content for Employees

A. Introduction

  1. Participants, Goals and Content Preview
    Introduce any hosts, trainers and their affiliated organizations, and audience. Introduce the purpose, motivation and basic goals of the training.
  2. Can We Talk: Talking about Domestic Violence
    Sensitize the audience by acknowledging the potentially emotional or difficult nature of the topic, and the need to respect differing reactions to the content.
  3. Why Talk About Domestic Violence?
    Include a general introduction to the importance of the topic, with statistics on its prevalence.
  4. Why is Domestic Violence a Workplace Issue?
    Provide a rationale for why domestic violence is a workplace or business issue, including workplace statistics, and the costs to the employer and to the community. Please refer to The Facts section on this website for further information.

B. Video or Oral Case Study

  1. Including a video or oral case study gives participants a sense of the reality of violence. Case study content can also be used throughout the training to highlight training concepts.

C. Understanding Domestic Violence

  1. What Is Domestic Violence?
    Provide a definition of domestic violence, with a component exploring the type of behaviors that perpetrators use.
  2. Who is a Victim and Who is a Perpetrator?
    Describe the range of people who can experience violence and what is known about people who are perpetrators.
  3. Why Does It Happen?
    What are the effects of domestic violence? Explore the causes and effects of domestic violence.
  4. Why Is It Hard To Leave?
    Review the reasons why victims may have difficulty leaving violent relationships/situations. Provide information about what the risks are when victims leave.
  5. Is There Hope? Can the Violence End?
    Educate participants that there are many paths to increased safety, different sources of assistance, and that many people find solutions.

D. What Can We Do in the Workplace?

  1. Workplace Responses
    Describe basic steps that can be taken at work, including:
    • Educate: Distributing information and resources
    • Refer: How to refer co-workers to domestic violence resources
    • Support: How the workplace can support victim-employees, drawing on workplace policy. Include information on state laws, employee leaves, performance concerns or other workplace policy related to domestic violence.
    • Secure: Worksite specific actions employees should take to respond to threats of violence at work.
  2. Helping At Work: Talking to a Co-Worker About Violence
    Teach employees how to talk to friends at work about violence.

E. Looking to the Future

  1. Looking to the Future: Preventing Violence
    Lay out the steps that employees can take in the workplace and in the community to participate in ending domestic violence.
  2. Summary
    Summarize the basic learning points and provide employees with ways to get immediate help should they need it.

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.