When Domestic Violence Goes to Work

September 17, 2012

"When Domestic Violence Goes To Work" text on top of a photo of a woman holding her hands up to her face

The Impact of Domestic Violence on the Workplace for human resource professionals, business owners, and corporate managers/supervisors

Thursday, October 25
The Kroc Center, Greenville
Registration/Sign-In/Coffee – 8:00-9:00am
Training – 9:00am-12:00pm
HRCI Recertification Credit Hours – 3 General Hours

Click here to register. 

?Domestic violence often does not stay at home when its victims and abusers go to work.  It can follow them, bringing its violent behavior into the workplace.  Conservative estimates indicate that one out of four women will be a victim of domestic violence.  Since there can’t be a victim without an offender, the chances of a victim and/or an offender being present in your workplace is quite likely.  Domestic violence and its spillover effects are quickly becoming a major issue of concern in today’s workplaces at a cost of over $4 billion per year in lost productivity, increased healthcare costs and absenteeism.

Steve Romano, retired Chief of the Crisis Negotiation Unit of the Critical Incident Response Group with the FBI, will serve as the facilitator and trainer for “When Domestic Violence Goes to Work.”  Mr. Romano works as a private consultant and trainer after 39 years in law enforcement, addressing issues of workplace violence.

This presentation sponsored in part by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System is designed to provide a basic awareness of the psychological and social dynamics of domestic violence.  It will help the spectrum of corporate professionals (management, first line supervisors, human resources, security, EAP) recognize and address the initial signs of abuse and identify best practices for effective intervention and support actions.

The workplace is an ideal setting for victims and abusers to get help and support, as they are likely spending at least 8 hours per day at work.  Organizations that confront domestic violence in the workplace have the power to save lives and money.

Training Contents:
Define domestic violence in all its forms
Learn the scope of domestic violence and its impact on the workplace
Become familiar with the Cycle of Violence
Learn the typology of a victim; why do they stay?
Learn the typology of an abuser (batterer)
Understand the dynamics of the “Power and Control Wheel”
Recognize the possible workplace indicators of abuse
Know how to respond and refer; what to say to a victim
“Silent Storm” DVD – He may not know where she lives . . . but he knows where she works
The corporate response; become familiar with best practices
Learn how to create awareness through training
Understand the components of a workplace violence prevention program
Define “zero tolerance”
Understand the principles of threat assessment and management in the workplace
Become familiar with workplace safety plans
“When Lightning Strikes” – Tabletop Exercise
Safe Harbor – A Community Resource

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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