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Workplace Domestic Violence

Make It Our Business Learning Objectives

A Whole Company Program Approach – Strategic and Comprehensive

Make It Our Business has designed a systematic ‘whole company’ approach that allows organizations of all sizes to build skill, knowledge and confidence to address domestic violence in the workplace. The program provides a comprehensive engagement pathway through four levels of awareness, education and training. The activities do not have to be completed in order; however it is recommended a workplace begins by educating and engaging senior leaders who will be better positioned to develop the implementation plan for the organization. Completing all four activity levels demonstrates a commitment to take every reasonable precaution to protect and support workers.

  • Organizational Readiness provides the most comprehensive training support for leaders to acquire critical knowledge necessary to develop and drive a company-wide program of action
  • Leadership Development for supervisors and managers who are responsible to protect workers
  • Develop Awareness with all employees about company policies, procedures and where to find help
  • Basic Education requires all employees to receive the core content in a (minimum) one hour presentation.

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Three main learning objectives

1. RECOGNIZE the impact on victims, potential victims, co-workers and the workplace environment.

a) Understand the overall prevalence of domestic violence as well as the social context in which it occurs.
b) Identify warning signs and risk factors associated with domestic violence.
c) Explore the dynamics of coercive behavior including the impacts of isolation and the realities of escalation.
d) Reflect on personal values and perceptions

2. RESPOND effectively and REPORT appropriately using differential options consistent with various levels of workplace responsibility.

a) Define reasonable precaution as it relates to instances when domestic violence enters the workplace.
b) Demonstrate effective communication skills in order to reach out, support, ask questions and offer relevant information: See It, Name It, Check It conversations
c) Clarify reporting requirements and persons responsible for safety in the workplace.
d) Explore response to reports of domestic violence (including preliminary threat assessments and safety planning)
e) Reflect on organizational commitment to creating and supporting a safe workplace environment.

3. REFER victims, potential victims, abusers and co-workers to a network of external resources when domestic violence has been identified or is suspected.

a) Identify internal workplace resources, personnel and information and external community organizations useful for victims, potential victims, abusers and co-workers/ bystanders.
b) Explore the advantages of an inter-professional team approach to respond to domestic violence
c) Balance safety and confidentiality, using effective documentation and information sharing, to support victims, potential victims and co-workers and hold abusers accountable.
d) Reflect on value of strong internal and external professional relationships.

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Training Options: per person costs for multiple organization trainings and company rates for single organizations

MIOB Activity Training Options Costs per person*
Minimum 15
Whole Company Rates
Organizational Readiness Two day training $400 $4,000 maximum 30
Leadership Development One day training $200 $2,000 maximum 30
Basic Education for Leaders Three hour training $150 $1,500 maximum 50
Basic Education One hour training Free Free

*costs may change without notice/non-profit subsidies available/HST and travel costs not included

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Tel: 519-661-2111 Ext.87486

The views expressed in this campaign are those of The Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children, Faculty of Education, The University of Western Ontario. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the Government of Ontario.
© Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children, 2010