Training: Preventing Domestic Violence in the Workplace

Neighbours, Friends, and Families (NFF) @ Work campaign is a training program for Ontario employers in support of the June 2010 legislation Bill 168 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.  It is a province wide campaign that teaches workplaces how to recognize the signs of woman abuse, how to respond effectively, and how to seek support from professionals.

It is the employers responsiblity to take every precaution to protect their employees from violence & harassment, this now includes domestic violence.  All employers now are mandated to develop policies on measures to take in their workplace to prevent and/or provide effective responses to workplace domestic violence.   

Research shows that 70% of domestic violence victims are abused and/or harassed at work.  It can involve actions taken before or after work causing the victim to be late or absent, or actions taken during work hours such as stalking, frequent and harassing phone calls, and/or making threats of violence.  These actions are disruptive to all employees in the workplace, impact productivity, and could lead to harm or death of an employee(s). 

Someone around the victim, usually a friend, family member, neighbour, or co-worker is aware of that something is going on, but does not understand the signficance of it, or understand what to do about it.  NFF @ Work training addresses this ambivalence and lack of knowledge by ensuring that all employers and employees are equipped to recognize the warning signs, respond effectively and refer.  In doing so, your employer demonstrates its committment to maintaining a supportive and safe workplace. 

To inquire about training options, please contact Dana Gillespie Tozer, Coordinator of the Halton Violence Prevention Council at 905-637-5256 or email at hvpc.coord@accesscounselling.com

For more information on the Provincial Campaign, visit www.neighboursfriendsandfamilies.ca.