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Would you know how to spot a domestic violence victim in your workforce? Would you know what to say or where to send them once they were identified? This training will arm professionals in management, HR, and security with the tools to recognize employee victims, respond in a sensitive, effective way, and refer them to resources that can make a real difference in the safety of the entire workplace.
This domestic violence training introduces participants to the topic of domestic violence and how it impacts the workplace, before explaining in depth the concept of the “3 R’s”: Recognize, Respond, and Refer. Attendees will learn how “spillover” affects the victim’s performance and safety as well as that of their co-workers. They will examine how a business overall is damaged by domestic violence, even if employers never know its happening. The training focus will be divided into three central parts: 1) Signs of domestic violence victims and abusers 2) Best practices for effective, sensitive intervention (including sample scripts) and 3) Guidelines for appropriate referrals and follow-up, both internal and external. Included will be national organization contacts for helping victims outside of work, as well as resources for employers wishing to address the issue further.
Corporate threat managers, security, and human resources personnel are all responsible for helping to maintain safety in the workplace. But, if you don’t know what threats are lurking below the surface, or don’t understand the nature of the ones you can see; your company may suffer immeasurable human and financial losses. Domestic violence is an insidious enemy to the American workplace: Over 60% of women and many men have been physically, sexually, or severely emotionally abused by an intimate partner, and three quarters of those victims are employed. The violence and harassment that often follows them to work can pose significant danger to staff and customers, while invisibly stealing billions of dollars per year in absenteeism, lost productivity, higher health care costs, increased liability, and reduced employee retention. When a private employer neglects to educate its workforce, fails to establish a culture of trust and disclosure among employees, and remains ignorant to the true reality that victims face, then they are “flying blind” with no way to see the potential risks ahead of them. If an employee involved case “collapses” and tragedy strikes, companies (as well as the communities in and around them) may take years to financially and emotionally recover from the damage. Domestic violence in the workplace can be a complex, high stakes problem, but it isn’t one without solutions. Don’t miss your team’s opportunity to learn how to face employee involved cases with confidence and security.
• Domestic Violence Foundations: Prevalence, Types, Dynamics, and Effects
• How Spillover Impacts the Workplace: Victims, Abusers, Co-workers, and Employers
• How to Recognize a Victim
• How to Recognize an Abuser
• Sensitive, Effective Victim Response: What to Say, How to Say it, When to Say it, and What Not to Say
• Where to Send Victims for Help: Internally and Externally
• Additional Resources for Employers
• Participants will learn about domestic violence and how it affects a business
• Participants will examine the signs of domestic violence in order to better identify abused employees
• Participants will explore best practices for asking about violence and responding to disclosures with compassionate confidence
• Participants will discover new ideas for appropriately referring victims and national resources for helping both victims and employers
Corporate threat managers, security professionals, human resources personnel, business attorneys, and wellness professionals
Years of Experience: 24+ years
Areas of Expertise: Domestic Violence Response and Prevention
Lynn Fairweather, MSW is an abuse survivor who has worked in the domestic violence response and prevention field for over 24 years. In her role as president of Presage Consulting and Training she provides expert guidance and education to professionals in both the public and private sector, ranging from the federal government to multinational Fortune 500 corporations. Presage services include domestic violence threat assessment and management training, workplace violence program and policy consultations, and 24/7 threat response for employee cases. Before founding Presage in 2008, Lynn earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a master’s degree in Social Work.
Her skills in domestic violence threat assessment were developed by working on thousands of high risk cases through positions in social service, criminal justice, university, and shelter systems. Lynn has served on several interpersonal violence task forces and facilitated both victim support groups and batterer’s intervention programs.
As President of Oregon VAWPAC, Lynn leads America’s only bi-partisan political action committee focused on ending violence against women. She is an active member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and holds training certifications from Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and Gavin de Becker’s Advanced Threat Assessment Academy. Locally, she donates her time to train domestic violence organizations as a way of giving back to the advocacy field where she began her career. Lynn also writes professionally on the subject of domestic violence, releasing her first book in 2012 (Stop Signs: Recognizing, Avoiding, and Escaping Abusive Relationships” Seal Press) and appearing as a featured author in Asta Publishing’s 2015 compilation “Tales of Women Survivors”.View all trainings by this speaker