Having a safe and healthy workplace is something every organization and company should be striving for. It creates a more positive atmosphere as well as happier workers who enjoy coming to work.
Domestic violence can be very complicated especially when there are children involved. It’s been shown over and over again that finances are the the greatest deterrent for a woman leaving an abusive relationship.
The results are finally in, and we hope you’ll find them eye-opening and enlightening!
Last year, we launched a survey to -domestic violence offenders about how their experiences impact the workplace, because we had a lot of pressing questions following from our groundbreaking pan-Canadian study on domestic violence in the workplace, titled “How can work be safe, if home isn’t?”
It’s considered one of the largest modern migrations: students, teachers, and support staff heading back to school! Backpacks are zipped up, paper-bag lunches are packed, and bright yellow school buses roll around street corners once again after a summer hiatus that always feels too short. Despite the looming and dreaded concept of “work”, the first week of school is always optimistic with the notion of a fresh start. However, as the school year continues, everyone inevitably experiences ups and downs. Whether you’re a teacher, student, custodian, or principal, the school year is a great opportunity to support one another.
Women who are in abusive relationships often feel as if they have nowhere to turn and no one to ask for help. That’s the thing about abuse and abusers -- they know exactly how to isolate and manipulate their spouses or partners into believing it's their fault and that they are completely alone.
Ask a child who they idolize and often, they will name a star athlete from a professional soccer, baseball, football, or hockey league. Lately however, it seems like sports teams, brimming with admired talent, are mired in domestic violence controversies. No level of sports is immune to violence and even the culture of amateur sports here in Canada has been infiltrated by attitudes and actions that reflect an acceptance of violence against women.
If you work in Ontario, you may have heard the words “Bill 132” mentioned or heard that some sort of legislature takes effect on Sept 8. These terms might sound ambiguous or confusing, but they will soon make a big impact in how you work: your employer will now be required to create clear policies and procedures to protect you from sexual harassment, domestic violence, and sexual assault. This means that if someone reaches out for help at work, there should be an immediate action plan in place to guide how they can be accommodated through paid/unpaid absences, revised responsibilities, an
More than one in three people in a 2016 Canadian survey believe that at least one of their colleagues was experiencing or had experienced domestic violence.
One in three!
Would you know what signs to look out for? Do you know someone whom you think is facing abuse? Would you know how to act appropriately?
There are so many questions that you might have and it can seem overwhelming, so we’re going to do our best to answer all of them so you can be confident in how you can help!