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Capacity Building and Training Services

Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Domestic violence often extends outside of the home and when it does, it often spills into the workplace. Domestic violence is common in the workplace with 54% of individuals experiencing domestic violence reporting having experienced it at or near the workplace. Domestic violence in the workplace impacts the victims, co-workers and employers. Canadian employers are estimated to lose $77.9 million annually as a result of domestic violence.

WomanACT recognizes that organizations from all sectors and of all sizes are impacted by domestic violence and have both a legal and moral responsibility around this issue. WomanACT helps organizations with these responsibilities. Our services range from risk assessment and policy development to training and capacity building.

For more information or to discuss your training and support needs, contact:

Mallory Hilkewich, Education and Training Manager

MHilkewich@womanact.ca

Microlearning

Increase employee understanding of domestic violence with this 45 – 90 minute session.

Learn: 

  • To understand the prevalence of domestic violence;
  • To recognize risk factors and warning signs;
  • How you can be supportive to colleagues experiencing domestic violence;
  • About your organization’s safety efforts and reporting protocol.

Benefits: 

  • Increased workplace awareness and safety;
  • Demonstration of commitment to support colleague safety and wellbeing.
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Organizational Strategy

Learn: 

  • To assess workplace safety through safety audits;
  • To develop and embed safety audits into existing processes;
  • Integrate prevention and response of domestic violence into strategic priorities and processes;
  • To mitigate risk by developing policy and processes that meet legal and moral responsibilities.

Benefits: 

  • Domestic violence prevention and response integrated into workplace strategy and policy;
  • Increased workplace awareness, safety, and trust;
  • Convey leadership in sensitive and difficult situations;
  • Demonstrate commitment to support staff safety and wellbeing.
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Staff and Management Training

Build staff and management capacity to identify and respond to domestic violence with 2 -3 hours of capacity building.

Learn: 

  • To understand the prevalence of domestic violence;
  • To recognize risk factors and warning signs;
  • To provide support and guidance to staff experiencing domestic violence;
  • To develop and implement organizational domestic violence policies.

Benefits: 

  • Increased workplace awareness, safety, and trust;
  • Increased knowledge of legislative requirements;
  • Convey leadership in sensitive and difficult situations;
  • Demonstration of organizational commitment to a safe workplace.
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Policy Development and Implementation Coaching


Learn: 

  • To clarify reporting requirements and persons responsible for domestic violence in the workplace;
  • To identify internal and external resources, personnel, as well as information and external community organizations useful for victims, abusers and co workers/ bystanders;
  • How to systematize effective documentation practices, policies, and resources with regards to domestic violence in the workplace.

Benefits: 

  • Domestic violence prevention and response integrated into workplace strategy and policy;
  • Improved policies and procedures;
  • Mitigate risk by developing processes and systems that meet organizational legal and moral responsibilities;
  • Reduced workplace impacts of domestic violence;
  • Reduced burden on internal resources;
  • Demonstrate commitment to support staff safety and wellbeing.
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