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					Violence at Home.
 Victims at Work.
 Employers confront domestic violence
     Training Team
Deborah Clubb, Executive Director,
  Memphis Area Women’s Council


     Dr. Carol Danehower
       Charesse DeClue
      Carol Ann Wardell
       University of Memphis


    Catherine Clubb-Brown
          Splash Creative
   Domestic Violence Employer
       Education Project

“ This project is funded under an agreement with
  the State of Tennessee, Department of Finance
  and Administration, Office of Criminal Justice
  Programs and is supported by Award #9779
  awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance,
  Office of Justice Programs, USDOJ. ”
                Session Goal

• To help employers and employees recognize and
  understand the devastating and costly effects of
  domestic violence.

• To equip employers and employees with tools to
  respond appropriately and compassionately.
Workplaces Respond to Domestic
     and Sexual Violence:
              A National Resource Center

• Much of this training session is based on information and
  guidelines provided by the website of this center.

• “Workplaces Respond” was established in 2009 and was
  funded by the US Department of Justice.
              Before we start,
             you should know…
• Locally the Memphis Police Dept. handled 22,000 domestic
  violence assaults in 2010.

• 22,000 -- that is an average of 62 cases every day, seven
  days a week.

• Another 4,000 police reports documented vandalism or
  burglary related to domestic violence.

• The Shelby County District Attorney’s office reviewed 6,180
  DV cases in 2010 and already had seen nearly 3,200 by the
  end of May 2011!
              Before we start,
             you should know…
• Nationally, the intersection of domestic violence and the
  workplace is receiving much attention…we need this
  attention in Memphis!

• Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, www.caepv.org

• Recent conference in Atlanta, “When Domestic Violence
  Goes to Work” sponsored by SHRM-Atlanta & Partnership
  Against Domestic Violence, http://www.padv.org/
   Domestic Violence in the
         Workplace…
  what do you already know?
   Let’s take a quiz. Click on this link before you go
          any further to test your knowledge.

http://www.workplacesrespond.org/assess/assess-your-
                    knowledge
           Domestic Violence is
            a Business Issue….

               It’s a matter of MONEY!

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates
  the annual cost of lost productivity due to domestic
  violence is $727.8 million (1995 dollars)

• The Tennessee Economic Council on Women estimates that
  domestic violence costs Tennessee approximately $174
  million per year
            Domestic Violence is
             a Business Issue….
It’s a matter of safety and possible legal liability!

• OSHA requires that employers provide a safe and healthful
  work environment for employees

• “Personal Relationship Violence” is noted as a Type IV
  workplace violence by OSHA

• Employers who fail to protect their employees at work may be
  liable – awards average $300,000 to $1.2 million
            Domestic Violence is
             a Business Issue….

      And it is reaching epidemic proportions!

• According to a 2006 study from the U.S. Bureau of Statistics,
  nearly 1 in 4 large private industry establishments reported
  at least one incident of domestic violence in the past year

• 94% of corporate security directors rank domestic violence
  as a problem
           Domestic Violence is
            a Business Issue….
    And it is reaching epidemic proportions!

• A 2005 phone survey of 1200 full time American
  employees found that 44% experienced domestic
  violence’s effect on the workplace
• In the same survey, 21% identified themselves as
  victims of domestic violence
• In Memphis, domestic violence is the ONLY crime
  statistic that hasn’t decreased in recent years
       What is Domestic Violence?
• Domestic violence is about power and control – one
  person’s need and determination to dominate another
  person
   – Can be physical and sexual abuse
   – Can also be verbal, emotional and financial abuse


• Domestic violence law covers the relationships in a
  household or family including
   –   spouses
   –   boy- or girl-friends
   –   roommates
   –   uncle and nephew
   –   grandson and grandmother
      What is Domestic Violence?
• Under Tennessee law, it’s physical injury or attempting to
  inflict physical injury on an adult or minor
   – Including stalking and sexual assault
   – Or putting them in fear of physical harm


• Stalking includes
   – Harassment or unconsented contact
   – Following a person or showing up at his/her house or job
   – Calling or leaving items on their property


• It includes harm to or fear of harm to one’s animals.
Who is Abused and Who Abuses?
• Although both males and females experience domestic
  violence, women overwhelmingly are victims of intimate
  partner violence.

• Domestic violence cuts across all racial, educational,
  occupational, religious, age and income groups.

• Certain attributes (alcohol and drug use, low income, and
  violence experienced as a child) are strongly correlated
  with domestic violence.
            Why don’t DV victims
               “just leave?”
•   Economic or emotional dependency
•   Children
•   Believe they have no place to go
•   Low self esteem
•   Fear of the unknown
•   Don’t realize that what is happening to them is “abuse”
•   Religious/cultural beliefs
•   Other reasons…
What can employers do?
   “Recognize, Respond, and Refer”
                      RECOGNIZE
               Possible Signs of DV Victims
•   Tardiness or unexplained absences
•   Anxiety, lack of concentration, changes in job performance
•   A tendency to remain isolated
•   Disruptive phone calls, emails, visits from intimate partner
•   Sudden requests to be moved from public locations
•   Frequent financial problems indicating a lack of access to
    money
•   Unexplained bruises or injuries
•   Inappropriate clothes/accessories
•   Sudden changes of address
•   Time off requested for court appearances
                          RESPOND
         Tips for Effective Workplace Education

• Introduce training or educational efforts to demonstrate
  support for the issue

• Review the following prior to training to see how they may
  be improved
   –   personnel policies and procedures
   –    benefits
   –   employee services
   –   security mechanisms

• Provide lists of referral resources during training
                        RESPOND
       Tips for Effective Workplace Education
• Make training events mandatory when feasible, especially
  for managers. But, allow employees who request it a chance
  to opt out.
   – The training may be emotionally overwhelming for some employees
     who have been traumatized by violence in the past

• Allow employees to leave the training if necessary
   – Have trained people (domestic violence counselors) available

• Acknowledge that, although women may be more at risk,
  anyone may be a victim and anyone may be a batterer.

• Avoid statements that could be perceived as blaming men.
                    RESPOND
• Develop a workplace policy about domestic violence!

• Model policies exist!

• Workplaces Respond to Domestic & Sexual Violence:
  A National Resource Center
  http://www.workplacesrespond.org/policy_tool/begin

• The Safe@Work Coalition
  http://www.safeatworkcoalition.org/workplacepolicy/
  wheredoistart.htm
                      RESPOND
                 Secure Your Workplace

• Keep a copy of restraining orders that reference worksites
• Help abused employee develop a personal and work safety plan
• Move abused employee’s work area away from doors, windows,
  lobbies, etc.
• Ask for a picture of abuser, description of car, license number
• Alter victim’s work schedule
• Save threatening emails or voicemail messages
                      RESPOND
     When and How to Talk to your Employees?


   This is not as hard as it may seem at first. The Department
   of Justice, through its “Workplaces Respond” project, has
   provided an interactive training exercise to help you know
   how to handle this situation. Take a few minutes to go
   through this online training exercise by clicking on
http://www.workplacesrespond.org/implement/education-
   and-training/interact
                   REFER

• Internal Source: Your own Employee Assistance
  Programs (EAPs)


  Make sure EAP services are well known and
  communicated clearly to employees on a
  regular basis.
                         REFER
• Community Resources: A number of agencies and faith-
  based groups offer services for DV victims in the Memphis
  area.

• Make your employees aware of what’s available and provide
  them with contact information.

• Longtime DV service providers include Memphis Area Legal
  Services, Exchange Club Family Center, YWCA of Greater
  Memphis and soon the Family Safety Center.

• For a complete and updated list, go to
  www.erasedomesticcrime.com.
             So remember…

           Recognize.
            Respond.
             Refer.
Let’s keep our community and our employees safe.

				
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