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Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence

A National Resource Center

Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence: A National Resource Center (Workplaces Respond) educates and builds collaborations among workplace and non-workplace stakeholders – employers, worker associations, unions, and anti-violence advocates – to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual harassment & violence, trafficking, stalking, and exploitation impacting the workplace. The project is a public-private partnership led by Futures Without Violence, and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW).

Through an online and interactive National Resource Center, stakeholders can access information, resources, training, and technical assistance to support employees who experience violence and exploitation. Workplaces Respond often conducts live and web-based training upon request and presents at regional and national conferences to promote tested strategies to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and stalking impacting the workplace.

“We spend more time working than on any other waking activity, and with 1 in 4 women experiencing some form of interpersonal violence in her lifetime, the workplace presents a critical opportunity for intervention, prevention, and support.”

With these tools, Workplaces Respond aims to build resilient workplace communities that can both recover from incidents of violence and better support workers who experience domestic violence, sexual harassment & violence, and stalking at home or on the job. Workplaces Responds helps to facilitate the creation and dissemination of culturally-relevant and industry-appropriate best practices to increase worker safety and economic security. In particular, the initiative focuses on sectors where low-wage and immigrant workers are especially vulnerable to violence and exploitation, such as the agriculture, restaurant, hospitality, health care, janitorial/domestic work, and retail industries.

Workplaces Respond shares the vision of a future without violence that provides education, safety, justice, and hope for all workers and their families.