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STAND UP for STANDING FIRM 2017 Awards Luncheon

By Natalie Bencivenga | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | November 6, 2017

The 350 attendees who filled the room on Wednesday at the Omni William Penn, Downtown, were riveted by speaker Susan Still’s story of many years of abuse by her husband and her employer’s actions to help her to safety.

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The Workplace and Domestic Violence in Focus

By Joe Genco | Butler Eagle | March 22, 2015

Domestic Violence is commonly used to describe abusive acts by people against their spouses or significant others. But the term can be misleading because those acts can take place outside the home too, said Susan Nitzberg, associate director of STANDING FIRM

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Partner Violence: We All Need To Pay Attention

by Audrey Russo | Pittsburgh Technology Council | TeQ | Volume 21, Issue 2

As the separation of work and life becomes even more blurred—fueled by ubiquitous access, continuous optimization and wider responsibilities—ensuring the safety of employees becomes even more imperative. While safety is often focused on the workplace itself (keeping people free from accidents, hostile situations, and safety code, etc.) we now realize that the impact of each employee’s personal safety outside of work has significant impact on company morale and productivity.

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Pittsburgh City Council aide recognized for efforts against domestic violence

by Ann Belser | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | September 17, 2014

Lynette Lederman of Squirrel Hill was named winner of the STANDING FIRM Community Champion Award. Ms. Lederman, who has been working for the City of Pittsburgh for over 10 years, covers issues within Squirrel Hill and other Jewish communities.

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#SEEN Fall Party RoundUp

by Natalie Bencivenga | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | October 27, 2014

Standing Up Together: KDKA anchor Susan Koeppen emceed the event and New York Times bestselling author Leslie Morgan Steiner shared her story of abuse and survival and the importance of a workplace that is aware and prepared to deal with issues of partner violence.

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Expert: Domestic violence can spill into workplace

by Bill Utterback | | April 8, 2014

The Village of Sewickley took action in learning how to recognize and respond to domestic violence, particularly as it affects the workplace. STANDING FIRM staff members, Susan Nitzberg and Barbara Penner, in conjunction with the Sewickley Valley Chamber of Commerce trained businesses what to say and what to do when faced with a domestic violence issue at work.

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STANDING FIRM contributed to Society for Contemporary Craft ENOUGH Violence exhibit

Aired Saturday, December 7, 2013.

SF Associate Director, Outreach, Susan Nitzberg, with Rob Conroy (CeaseFirePA), and exhibit director Kate Lydon, were interviewed for the Saturday Light Brigade Radio show. The exhibit was a vehicle to call attention to the various forms of violence and its impact on our society.

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Partner violence also takes a toll on businesses

by Patricia Cluss | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Letters to the Editor | December 22, 2011

Dr. Patricia Cluss’ letter to the Editor at the Post-Gazette draws the link between the recently released CDC report of the shocking prevalence of partner violence and the hidden nature of partner violence as a workplace issue.

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Gainful employment may help in recovery from domestic abuse

by Bill Toland | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | July 31, 2011

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FISA Foundation makes grant to Pitt to combat effects of partner abuse

by Joyce Gannon | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | May 19, 2011

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Dr. Cluss speaks at the PHRA conference

Dr. Cluss speaks at the public launch of SF at the PHRA conference in September.

STANDING FIRM Focuses on Partner Violence in the Workplace

Women’s Law Project | February 04, 2011

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Letters to the Editor – Firing Haywood was the correct decision

Post Gazette | January 05, 2011

STANDING FIRM resources are highlighted in a letter to the editor about Pitt coach’s firing.

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Employers asked to ‘Stand Firm’ against domestic violence

by Marty Levine | | September 29, 2010

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Businesses have a lot to lose if they don’t address partner violence in the workplace | September 19, 2010

This article was submitted by Patricia Cluss, director of STANDING FIRM; Judy Hill-Finegan, director of the Personnel & Civil Service Commission for the city of Pittsburgh; and Greg Peaslee, senior vice president of human resources for UPMC.

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“STANDING FIRM: The Business Case to End Partner Violence” new initiative

by Patricia Cluss | Lawyers Journal | September 10, 2010

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City of Pittsburgh revises domestic abuse policy

by Joe Smydo | | April 20, 2010

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Domestic Policy

by Chris Potter | Pittsburgh City Paper | January 28, 2010

An article from January 28, 2010, describing the City of Pittsburgh’s efforts to pass a domestic violence ordinance for all employees. STANDING FIRM Director, Dr. Patricia Cluss, describes the initiative.

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