Domestic violence is a devastating and pervasive public health issue in the United States. The United Nations defines domestic violence as “a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.” This abuse can be physical or emotional. The national cost of domestic violence, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, and elder abuse, is over 12 billion dollars per year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated one in four women and one in ten men have experienced violence or stalking by an intimate partner.
Additionally, domestic violence often goes unreported. This is particularly problematic during the COVID-19 pandemic, as some employees may be working from home or quarantining with an abuser. In fact, since the onset of the virus, there has been a global spike in domestic violence reports. In addition, some employees may be struggling with the mental health repercussions of prior abuse. The LiveSafe platform can help protect your workforce from domestic violence and its lasting effects by providing mental health resources, rapid communication with local authorities, and real-time two-way messaging assistance.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a valuable time to educate your community about domestic violence. Use this toolkit to increase organizational awareness and to take a stand against violence against your employees, both in the office and while working remotely.
Domestic Violence Awareness Infographic provides important information regarding domestic violence in the United States.
Share this infographic on social media or post on a company website to build awareness of the threat of domestic violence. Although your workforce may be operating remotely, the need for these resources remains.
Stand Up Against Domestic Violence Infographic visualizes alarming statistics about domestic violence in our communities.
Share the infographic via email, on social media, or on a company website to build awareness of domestic violence and to let employees who are victims of domestic violence know that they are not alone.
Workplace Violence and Harassment Download Posters are a great way to inform employees about workplace harassment and to demonstrate how LiveSafe can help.
Share posters via email or social media or put printed copies in the break room to remind employees of how they can use LiveSafe to address workplace violence and harassment.
Sexual Assault Reporting White Paper discusses sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. Addressing workplace harassment is an important way to demonstrate commitment to protecting your workforce and keeping your employees safe from abuse.
Read and share the Sexual Assault Reporting White Paper and identify how your company can do more to stand up against employee violence, both in the workplace and outside of it. How do organizational resources need to change to support a remote work environment?
TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR WORKPLACE WITH LIVESAFE
- Share information with your workforce about how LiveSafe can be used to report domestic violence and receive help and support, such as access to resources or security intervention when seeking help exiting an abusive situation. Even if your organization is working from home, they can still submit reports and receive guidance and assistance.
- Emphasize anonymous reporting capabilities on sensitive topics such as domestic violence. Individuals who anonymously report tips can still access support and resources.
- Update the Resources section of the LiveSafe Mobile App to include contact information and policies regarding domestic violence. This can include FAQs, health and legal resources, security assistance, support groups, national hotlines, etc. Keeping the Resources section updated can improve accessibility and make employees feel supported and more comfortable accessing help and reporting health and safety threats.
- Share reminders on how to use LiveSafe and what resources it provides on company websites and safety communications to remind the community about the ways in which the Mobile App can help them stay safe.