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Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence

Create Your Policy

Dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking have effects not just in the home, but also in the workplace. Violence affects not only employees who are victims, but also co-workers, managers, and employee perpetrators. It also impacts employees' attendance, productivity, health care costs, morale, and safety.

A policy addressing the workplace effects of domestic and sexual violence is an important step in tackling these issues; it creates a roadmap for employers and managers to respond in supportive, safe and effective ways.

This tool will help you create a workplace policy by guiding you through a series of questions. It will offer you a choice of model language based on a promising practice (which has the most protective language for employees) or, if applicable, language based on the law in your state or locality. With either choice you will be in compliance with the relevant law. In some jurisdictions, specific laws do not exist for each issue this policy covers, then you will only see the "promising practice" as a choice.

It should take you about 15-20 minutes to complete, and you will be able to download the policy and save it on your computer at the end of the process. You will also receive a checklist of additional matters to consider.

This tool was last revised in 2015.

First, we’ll need some information about your organization.

* If your organization operates in more that one state or locality, for now just pick the place where you are headquartered or do the most business.

The date upon which your new policy will go into effect.

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.