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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence

Education, Training, and Support

Adapted from Domestic Violence: A Union Issue. A Workplace Training Resource Kit for Unions.1

For Members and Families

Make sure your Member Assistance Program and/or Employee Assistance Program includes services for domestic and sexual violence and stalking, and that union offices have information available about where to refer members for help. Developing a brochure and a resource directory for members with information about the dynamics of violence and community resources will provide guidance for both members and their families.

For Steward and Officers

Include information on domestic and sexual violence and stalking in regular steward/delegate training or prepare special workshops for stewards on the workplace issues related to domestic and sexual violence and stalking. Stewards should offer to advocate to help the employee through a crisis, and to encourage the employer to make accommodations. Stewards should also be trained on how to respond to and assist members who are perpetrators of violence, and what to do when both the victim and the perpetrator are members. Properly training union stewards and officers to assist employees when domestic and sexual violence comes to the workplace can make life easier for all union members.

For a training exercise, see Interact with a Virtual Employee, on this website.

For an awareness-raising presentation for members and officers, see
The Role of the Union When Members Experience Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking.

For training materials for members and stewards on domestic violence and the union's role, see
Domestic Violence: A Union Issue: A Workplace Training Kit for Unions.

  1. Urban, B.Y. & Wagner, K.C. (2000). Domestic Violence: A Union Issue. A Workplace Training Resource Kit for Unions. San Francisco, CA: The Family Violence Prevention Fund. (415) 252-8900.

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.