Most of the resources for Employers are available in the Premiere Members section of the website. If your organization is not a Premiere Member, Join Now, and gain access to additional information. Let STANDING FIRM help.
Resources for Premiere members include sample policies and procedures, communications templates, an employee survey, workplace safety plans, and other action step templates and resources.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
- EAP services can be a good first step in accessing help if you are a domestic violence (dv) victim or an abuser. Click here to find out important questions to ask your EAP counselor.
- Sometimes it is hard to know if the behavior of someone you love is abusive. Click on this link to find a checklist of aspects of healthy relationships and red-flag behaviors that may indicate your partner's behavior is abusive.
- Are you in danger? Do you wonder if what you are experiencing in your relationship is abuse? Do you need help getting a Protection from Abuse order?
- Partner violence agencies, sometimes known as "shelters," are available to help you. Partner violence agencies offer many different services for people who are experiencing abuse—whether it is physical, sexual and/or emotional.
- All partner violence agencies in our area have a telephone hotline that answers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most of the agencies provide shelter (temporary housing for victims and their children who are in immediate danger) and many other services as well. They provide counseling services for victims and children, legal advocacy for help in the court system, medical advocacy, economic empowerment counseling, and other needed services. Services are free of charge and are completely confidential.
- Assistance for men who are victims of partner violence is also available through these agencies.
The following are partner violence agencies and their contact information for counties in southwestern PA. You can call the program in your geographic area or in another area. If you qualify for emergency shelter but the agency you contact does not have space, they will help you find an agency that does have space for you.
If you live elsewhere and need assistance, call the National Domestic Violence hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or 1.800.787.3224 (TTY)
The Crucial Role of Partner Violence Knowledge
A well-meaning but uninformed individual--a co-worker, manager, EAP counselor or therapist--can deliver advice that is not only not helpful, but potentially dangerous. The most common mistake that untrained counselors and others make is to encourage the person being abused to leave their abuser as a first action step. Such advice is dangerous! Leaving the abuser exposes the victim to increased risk of being seriously harmed or killed by the abuser.
Everyone should know:
- Leaving is the most dangerous time for a victim.
- A victim should never be encouraged to leave without an adequate Safety Plan in place.
In order to be effective in working with victims and abusers, one must have an adequate knowledge of the power and control dynamics in abusive relationships. Someone who has not had such training can unintentionally allow abusers to minimize their responsibility for the violence in their relationships. STANDING FIRM offers Partner Violence Awareness & Response Training for managers, supervisors, and safety personnel (see Training section of Members Only Resources).
Employee Assistance Programs
Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are employee benefit programs offered by many employers to help employees deal with personal problems that might adversely affect their work performance, health, and well-being. EAPs can play an important role in addressing partner violence for employees and managers. EAP services are confidential. Click here for more EAP information.
Learn more about what employers should ask when purchasing an EAP in the information in the "Premiere Members" section of the website. Not a Premiere member? Join Now.
What Unions Can Do
Unions recognize partner violence as a health and safety issue which affects the lives of their members. Recognizing partner violence as an issue for working persons fits within unions' long history of fighting for social justice, for respect for labor, and for civil and human rights.
Dealing with an Active Workplace Threat
Click here for information provided by the Department of Homeland Security for dealing with an active workplace threat. Call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.
More information to help you plan ahead for keeping your employees safe is available to Premiere Members in the Premiere Member section of the website. There you will find a planning document, security recommendations for management, a safety department checklist, and a guide for action during an active weapons or hostage situation.
Use the Partner Violence Cost Calculator to find out how much PV may be costing your business.
Given that it is primarily a gender-based crime and more than half the workforce is comprised of women, we cannot — and should not ignore the reality that partner violence affects the workplace.
Partner violence was a hidden concern that did not show up on the public's radar screen until relatively recently. Some employers are addressing it, but many more are not. This article provides seven compelling reasons for why employers should take action on this issue.
This article highlights the dangerous intersection that can occur when the personal lives of partner abuse victims intersect with their workplaces.
The Workplaces Respond to Domestic and Sexual Violence website is a national resource center with valuable information and tools to provide effective workplace responses to victims of partner violence, sexual violence, dating violence and stalking.