2015 Awards Luncheon Register Now

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Omni William Penn Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh
Registration & Networking: 11 to 11:30am
Program: 11:30am to 1:30pm

Keynote speaker, Joshua Safran Our keynote speaker will be Joshua Safran: attorney and nationally recognized advocate for survivors of partner abuse. Mr. Safran gained national attention in the award-wining documentary, Crime After Crime, which chronicled the legal battle to free an incarcerated survivor of partner violence. He is also author of the critically-acclaimed memoir FREE SPIRIT: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid. Incorporating his experience as a childhood survivor of partner violence, and his role as legal counsel for the Port of Oakland, California, Mr. Safran will discuss the importance of the employer's role in stemming the effects of partner violence in the workplace.

Kristy Trautmann


Kristy Trautmann
Executive Director, FISA Foundation



Pittsburgh Technology Council
Audrey Russo, President and CEO

Partner violence happens at home, but it walks through the door of your workplace.
STANDING FIRM offers employers what they need to address partner violence as a workplace issue.
  • One quarter of workplace violence events in the U.S. each year are related to partner violence.
  • More than ONE in FIVE full-time employed adults have been victims of partner violence and 64% of them indicated their work performance was significantly impacted.
  • 48% of abusers surveyed report difficulty concentrating on work.
Click on the boxes below to learn about what employers should do.
  • Recognize

    RECOGNIZE that partner violence is a business issue that affects productivity and security.

  • Respond

    RESPOND appropriately from a menu of action steps to address the effects of partner violence.

  • Refer

    Know how to REFER to existing community resources for services that the employer does not have the expertise or ability to provide.

Why the term "Partner Violence"?

We use the term "partner violence" in the business setting to describe what others call "domestic violence." We believe the term partner violence addresses the strong bias in the workplace that "that problem" only happens at home and is not relevant to employers.

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Take the first step toward addressing the hidden safety and productivity costs related to partner violence in your workforce.

What does joining mean?

By joining, an employer signifies that partner violence is a serious organizational concern.

Members are encouraged to take one or more of the many action steps that are available via STANDING FIRM.

Who else belongs to STANDING FIRM?

Check out the ever-growing list of employers who have joined STANDING FIRM and are taking a stand on partner violence in their workplaces. See MEMBERS.

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