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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence

Domestic Violence Training Content for Managers

Management training should begin by using the same domestic violence awareness content in Training Content for Employees, Sections I to III. Then add the following sections for managers only.

A. Introduction

B. Video or Oral Case Study

C. Understanding Domestic Violence

D. What Can We Do in the Workplace? Manager Version

  1. Workplace Responses
    Describe more detailed management workplace responses, including
    • Educate: The importance of distributing information and resources in worksites.
    • Refer: Management referrals of victim-employees to internal resources (Human Resources, Employee Assistance Programs) and external domestic violence resources.
    • Support: Policy-based responses to the workplace needs of victim-employees, including requests for time off and performance concerns. Include information on relevant state laws and internal procedures.
    • Secure: Worksite specific actions that managers are required to implement when responding to threats of violence at work. Information on how to determine if a domestic violence threat is a workplace threat.
  2. Assisting at Work: Talking to an Employee Experiencing Violence
    Provides information on how to talk to an employee about violence, addressing both concerns for the employee and performance problems. Addresses the limits of the supervisory role in responding to an victim-employee and outlines an approach that is work-focused, supportive and non-judgmental.

E. Looking to the Future

  1. Looking to the Future: Preventing Violence
    Lay out the steps that managers can take in the workplace and the community to participate in ending domestic violence.
  2. Summary
    Summarize the basic learning points and provide managers with ways to get immediate information or 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.