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 different levels of awareness,
education and training.
- Start by educating senior leaders who will be better positioned to develop the implementation plan for the entire organization
- Educate and engage everyone - demonstrate commitment to protecting and supporting workers
- Take pride in your leadership, celebrate the initiative – become a MIOB Workplace Champion!
Three main learning objectives
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 five levels of engagement.
- 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
- 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.
- 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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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