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As an Ally, you will be a leader in our community, advocating for domestic and sexual violence victims, armed with education materials to inform your employees, co-workers and clients of ways to not only recognize victims, but to help them, too.

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victims and Business

Domestic violence effects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men, creating a large number of victims in the workforce. Domestic violence does not stem from lack of income, education, resources, or a good upbringing, but from the abuser's need to control the victim.

Studies show that 21% of full time employees are victims of domestic violence with only 46% of victims informing managers of their victimization.

Sexual violence also affects the workforce. Sexual violence includes sexual harassment, unwanted jokes or gestures, sexual pressure, intimidation or threats, non-consensual touch and rape.

Studies show that 54% of employees have experienced sexual harassment at a job with 51% of the victims being harassed by their bosses. 

leaders in Business

Domestic and sexual violence could be costing your business money each year through lost productivity, absenteeism and even health care.  Domestic violence issues that occur at the work place cost nearly 727 million in lost productivity each year. Not only does domestic and sexual violence cost business owners significant amounts of money each year, the violence can also occur at the business leaving every employee at risk of harm, not just the victim.

Studies show that as many as 75% of domestic violence victims face harassment from their intimate partners while at work and approximately 31% of female workplace fatalities and 14% of male workplace fatalities were caused by domestic violence.

Domestic and sexual violence are serious issues in our community, and it is essential for business owners and managers to take a proactive approach to protect both the business and employees. It is important to remember that waiting until something happens can have deadly results.

1 in 7

children experience domestic violence

More than 3

children die from abuse in Texas each week

1 in 3

girls will be sexually abused before 18

1 in 5

boys will be sexually abused before 18

Domestic Violence costs your business money

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The annual cost of lost prodctivity due to domestic violence is estimated as $727.8 million with over 7.9 million work days paid per year. 

Domestic violence also causes businesses to be short staffed. It is estimated that 25% of workplace problems such as absenteeism, lower productivity, turnover and excessive use of medical benefits are due to family violence.

In addition, as many as 96% of domestic violence victims experience problems at work due to abuse, 56% are late to work, 28% leave work early, and 54% miss entire days of work.

A business' retention is also affected by domestic violence. An estimated 24-30% of abused women lose their jobs and 91% of victims resign or lose their jobs each year.

 

 

Sexual Abuse -  any type of behavior toward a child that is intended for an offender's sexual stimulation. Abuse includes one isolated event as well as incidences that go on for years.

Examples: fondling, forced sexual acts, or indecent physical exposure.

Neglect - a deficit in meeting a child's basic needs, including the failure to provide adequate health care, supervision, clothing, nutrition, housing as well as their physical, emotional, social, educational and safety needs.

Examples: poor health or weight gain, taking food or money without permission, poor school attendance, eating a lot in one sitting or hiding food.

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What to do if an employee confides he/she is a victim of abuse.

  • Do not give personal advice.
  • Acknowledge this is an uncomfortable, personal topic and difficult to talk about.
  • Listen to the employee and let her or him know you believe them.
  • Discuss the employee’s safety and explore ways to increase his/her safety at the office.
  • Be clear that your role is to help, not to judge. It is important to not belittle or criticize the employee if she/he stays with or returns to the abuser.
  • Consult with security staff if there is a concern about  workplace safety.
  • Build awareness by incorporating information about domestic violence into employee orientation programs, wellness and safety fairs, family issues seminars, handbooks, intranet sites, newsletters, payroll stuffers, e-mail, posters and brochures.
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What educators can do to support victims

  1. Maintain an up-to-date policy on both domestic and sexual violence.  These policies should highlight the employer's acknowledge that domestic and sexual violence may impact the workplace and that the employers will do what they can to assist those experiencing it.
  2. Train all employees, supervisors and managers at least once a year, educating them on both domestic and sexual violence, employees rights and how to report any victimization. 
  3. Get out among your employees periodically. Talk to them about the workplace environment, ask for input, observe the workplace itself. Be aware of potential offensive posters or gossip about possible victims.
  4. Consider offering employees experiencing victimization options that may assist in reducing the impact of the victimization at work. These could include: provide an escort to and from the victim's transportation, change or alter work hours, allow flexible use of available leave time for doctor, lawyer or court appointments or have another employee screen the victim's calls, email and mail.
  5. Post Hope Alliance's contact information in the bathrooms.
  6. Invite Hope Alliance to come to your organization to train your employees about domestic and sexual violence.
  7. Participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April) and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) to help raise awareness in both your employees and customers.
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how hope alliance can help educators

Hope Alliance provides training for both educators and students around domestic and sexual violence.

PROJECT EMPOWERMENT - Hope Alliance's violence prevention curriculum, is available to Williamson County students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. PROJECT EMPOWERMENT'S goal is to change attitudes, behaviors and norms that can lead to violence and develop assets in youth that help them grow up healthy, caring and responsible. The curriculum demonstrates the use of positive messages in place of unhealthy and negative messages. Children are taught through interactive games, thought-provoking discussion and community projects.

The curriculum is varied to be age appropriate and the program is held once a week over 8-10 weeks.

Hope Alliance also provides training to educators on childhood domestic violence and sexual assault. Trainings are available for training days, PTA groups and other meetings.

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