Session 1       

Getting Started

Why and How to Build a Campus Culture That Supports Victims of Partner Violence

Goal: This session is designed to provide an overview of why it is important for each campus to engage in this work, understand how the Act 55 amendment compliments Title IX, use the STANDING FIRM roadmap to identify areas for improvement, and begin to chart a course toward building a campus that is fully supportive of students, staff, and faculty in the community who may be dealing with the realities of partner violence.

Topics covered:

  • Partner Violence 101
  • The ACT 55, XX_LG amendment
  • The STANDING FIRM Employer Roadmap, checklist, and timeline worksheet
  • Cultural Assessments
  • How to Start Building a Culture

Session 1 PPT 

Support Materials

The Employer Roadmap, Employer Checklist, and Timeline

STANDING FIRM’S Employer Roadmap was designed in collaboration with over 30 top executives from the Pittsburgh region who engaged in round table discussions with STANDING FIRM in 2022. During those discussions leaders expressed an interest in a guiding document to help assess their current position and plot a path to move towards building a workplace culture that truly supports survivors of partner violence. The Checklist provides a summary of the steps outlined in the roadmap and the timeline document can be used as a planning tool.


Using the Roadmap-Learning Module.

Roadmap For Employers

Roadmap Checklist

Timeline to be uploaded here.

Bright Sky

Bright Sky is a safe, easy to use app and website that provides practical support and information on how to respond to domestic violence. It is for anyone experiencing domestic violence, or for those worried about someone else. This handout can be shared with student groups and posted in high traffic areas or bathroom stalls.

Bright Sky Info Sheet Poster

Additional Materials

Resource Posters — These posters are visuals that can be printed and placed anywhere. We suggest areas of high visibility but also where a student or employee may feel comfortable stopping and gathering the contact info. Some suggestions are student housing, student/employee health services, student life and government offices, bathrooms, locker rooms and athletic departments, HR department, meeting rooms, transportation centers, and Greek life offices.

STANDING FIRM WCS Flyers with QR code



WC&S Publications & Materials

Power and Control Wheels

The master Power and Control Wheel diagram assumes she/her pronouns for survivors and he/him pronouns for partners. However, the abusive behavior it details can happen to people of any gender or sexuality.

Moreover, the wheel diagram serves as tactics abusive partners use to keep survivors in a relationship. The inside of the wheel makes up subtle, continual behaviors over time, while the outer ring represents physical and sexual violence. Thus, abusive actions like those depicted in the outer ring reinforce the regular use of other, more subtle methods found in the inner ring. Master Power & Control Wheel

The following links provide adaptations of the original wheel that are appropriate for specific communities.

African American-Black Community

Equity–African-American-Black Community






Rueda de poder y control inmigrante

Post-Separation Economic Abuse Wheel


Session 2

Session 2

Next Steps

Recognize and Respond: Build a Victim Centered Support & Response System on Campus for Students and Staff

February 8, 11AM- Noon

This webinar is designed to help each school assess the current culture for supporting victims of partner violence on campus, identify and target gaps to address, build a team and design an organizational response that supports campus community members who are dealing with the realities of partner violence.

Session 2 PPT

Topics covered:

Review of Session 1

STANDING FIRM Roadmap & timeline

Senior leadership engagement

Policy best practices

Legal, regulatory and compliance issues

Building a victim centered response network

Support Materials

Policy Development Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Issues

The goal of developing institutional polices is to provide a framework for organizational operations that reduces risk and assures compliance with applicable laws and regulations.   Polices should be clearly written, take into consideration all stake holders, and align with the University’s mission, vision, and values.  To be effective policies must be applied equally across the institution.  Good policies create safe campuses and spaces where learning can take place!

Standing Firm provides a model employee policy and checklist to help guide your work whether you are starting a new policy to address partner violence or editing a current workplace safety, Human Resource or Title IX policy.  While our policy was designed to address employees, the principles can be applied to student policies as well.  We suggest that you review other policies to find the best fit for your institutions and provide links below.

SF Model Policy

SF Checklist


Session 3

Session 3 

Implement the Plan: Operationalize Policies and Procedures, and Train and Sustain the Organizational Support Network and Victim Centered Response.   

February 22, 11AM-Noon 

This webinar is designed to help operationalize all aspects of the support network by building issue awareness, identify the response team and resources needed, train staff and faculty, build a source to provide resources for victims and colleagues, and plan for training the community and new hires during onboarding.  Topics included are: Building an awareness campaign, documenting processes and assigning roles and responsibilities, setting reasonable expectations, and providing skills to the community through training.   

Session 3 PPT to be uploaded 

Topics covered: 

Review of Sessions 1&2 

Building Culture 

The Role of Managers and Faculty Leaders 

The Role of Staff and Faculty  

Sustaining the Effort 

Creating Context  

The Response  

Bright Sky  

Support Materials 

Given the statistics and numbers that are reported on the incidence of partner violence in all of our communities, it would be hard to say that partner violence does not happen on our campuses. The ultimate goal of this training is to build a victim centered support system on your campus through clear policies and documented processes that are routinely shared across the campus, training for leadership, staff, and faculty at various times and ways during their tenure and using traditional and non-traditional ways to share resources available to survivors in the external community that provide professional domestic violence advocacy. When we talk about building a culture, we mean making a commitment as a university to support our students and staff who are dealing with the realities of partner violence at home so that they will safe disclosing or reaching out for help before there is an escalation of violence.   

If your school has taken advantage of the PCHE consortium package, you have the opportunity to schedule virtual and in-person training sessions. You also have access to our staff and manager e-learning modules that can be uploaded to your learning management system for onboarding and refresh training. Here is video preview of the e-learning module. Please contact us for more information. 


Managers Training Overview 

This video was created by Standing Firm.  It features five brave women who talk about their journey to safety and the role their employers played.  

Survivors Speak Video


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