STANDING FIRM alerts employers to the financial, safety and human costs of partner violence on the workplace and workforce and arms them with tools for taking effective organizational action.
There is a business case to support the idea that employers have a crucial role to play in protecting the workplace from violence related to partner abuse and in improving productivity and worker health by addressing partner violence as a workforce issue. We hope regional employers will become motivated to:
RECOGNIZE partner violence as an issue with bottom line effects on company productivity and security.
RESPOND appropriately from a menu of action steps to initiate or upgrade policies, improve employee awareness, train managers and supervisors to intervene effectively, prepare security staff to recognize and respond to workplace threats from batterers, and other best practices actions.
Know how to REFER to existing community resources for services that the employer does not have the expertise or ability to provide.
STANDING FIRM is an independent organization currently housed at the University of Pittsburgh that provides direction and administrative support for the initiative.