STANDING FIRM works with employers across the United States to provide organizations with the best practice capability to address intimate partner violence as a workplace and workforce issue.
- Support employees impacted by intimate partner violence
- Effectively connect victims with resources
- Empower co-workers to take appropriate action when partner violence enters the workplace through active bystander education
- Stand against perpetrators’ misuse of company resources to harass and/or threaten another person
STANDING FIRM prepares the workplace using the Recognize, Respond, Refer approach. This model enables work cultures to acknowledge intimate partner violence as a known risk to employees, opening communication about this challenging problem faced by so many people and to offer effective plans and enhanced safety. These resources are intended to help organizations and their employees create a safe and supportive culture in the workplace.
RECOGNIZE that partner violence affects employee’s health and well-being, their safety, and the worker equity. It can impact a company’s bottom line, employee productivity, and derail otherwise successful employees. All employers have a role to play in preventing the impact of partner violence.
RESPOND effectively by taking steps that initiate or upgrade policies, advance employee awareness through open communication, train managers and supervisors to intervene appropriately, and prepare security staff to identify & respond to workplace threats from batterers.
REFER employees to resources for services that survivors need and that most employers do not have the expertise or ability to provide.
Now serving employees across the region and the nation, STANDING FIRM has added new e-learning courses and a workplace communication toolkit to help build a common understanding of the issue across the workforce and supply a ready resource to survivors wherever they live and work.
Remember, there is no one-size-fits all approach to safely supporting survivors.
The most important thing employers can do is be aware of the increased risk of partner violence, provide guidance for managers to ensure they are aware of the issue and are equipped to support any of their employees who might be experiencing abuse at home at this time, and refer them to the appropriate support services.
STANDING FIRM services represent provide an essential element to employer’s initiatives to assure the health and welfare, safety, and equity of all their employees. Become a member of the employer alliance today.