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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence

Advocating for Policy and Contract Language

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

Negotiate contract language that is supportive of members dealing with domestic and sexual violence and stalking, including leaves of absence, transfers, worksite security, and leave to attend court hearings, seek legal advice, obtain medical care or counseling, or plan for safety.

For information on creating employer policies related to domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence, and stalking, see Workplace Policy Creation Tool on this website.


  1. Urban, B.Y. & Wagner, K.C. (2000). Domestic Violence: A Union Issue. A Workplace Training Resource Kit for Unions. San Francisco, CA: Futures Without Violence, formerly 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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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.