To make certain that your program is successful, you must involve your employees in that success. How do you do it? Here are some ways to enlist your employees' help in ensuring that your workplace is a violence-free zone.
- Empower employees to take a stand—as caring co-workers and as your company's ambassadors.
- Let employees know they will not be penalized for seeking help—for themselves, their families, or co-workers in need.
- In conjunction with your human resources department and EAP program (if available), offer counseling and referral for both victims of partner violence and abusers.
- Help employees recognize the signs of a troublesome or abusive relationship and know where to turn for assistance, for themselves and for co-workers.
- Invite local resource groups, such as local shelters, counseling groups and/or law enforcement representatives to make a presentation to your company. Most groups are happy to provide speakers and information to interested parties. (National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October is a great time to do this!)
- Give each employee access to brochures and flyers to distribute to their schools, religious organizations, clubs, and other civic or social groups.
- Invite interested employees to form a communications task force, working within the guidelines established by your cross-functional steering committee to implement your partner violence communications plan.