Employer Alliance against DV Supports Outreach to Area Workplaces
The Memphis Employers Alliance against Domestic Violence is making plans for the third annual half-day conference to help area employers deal with domestic violence among employees and colleagues and to create a safer and more profitable work environment.
Alliance founders include Verizon Wireless, Crown Manufacturing, the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority, Baptist Memorial Health Care and Methodist Healthcare Faith and Health Division.
The alliance joins the Memphis Area Women’s Council in organizing the 2017 “Violence at Home. Victims at Work.” conference coming in October.
Please watch for date and details coming soon.
In this expanded version of the Council’s two-hour workshops, employers will learn to “recognize, respond and refer” when employees and colleagues experience intimate partner violence. Expert panels will cover risk and liabilities; security, workplace policies and employers’ responses and local resources including third party orders of protection.
Alliance leaders will describe their goals, membership benefits and projects going forward.
Local crime data show that DV homicides have been between 12% and 17% of all homicides in Memphis the past two years. Nurses, teachers and retail workers seem to be especially at risk.
The conference will equip employers to develop policies and share resources to reduce risk and protect the workplace.
Conference content should be applicable for human resource professionals’ certification credits. Faith groups and non-profits attending will get a certificate of completion from the Memphis Employers Alliance against Domestic Violence and Baptist Memorial Health Care.
Alliance membership is open in all categories and donor levels. Opportunity continues to join as a founding member with donation of a minimum of $2,000 and in return full credit in publicity, printed materials and during public events. Those employers also will receive 20 seats at the 2017 conference; a workshop at their workplace; first notice to future public workshops; quarterly newsletter on DV and workplace issues; two representatives to quarterly alliance sessions.
Employers who donate $1,000 will receive 10 seats at the 2016 conference as well as listing in all publicity and materials; first notice to future public workshops; quarterly newsletter on DV and workplace issues; a representative to quarterly alliance sessions.
Employers who donate $500 will receive up to 5 seats at the 2016 conference and be listed in the conference agenda; first notice to future workshops; quarterly newsletter on DV and workplace issues; a representatives to quarterly alliance sessions.
All who donate at least $150 will be listed in the conference agenda and receive the newsletter.
Future two-hour VHVW workshops will receive certificates of completion from the alliance.
Nearly 500 managers, employers and supervisors representing more than 100 places of work have attended a Women’s Council workshop or half-day conference since the Council began the project in 2011. A half dozen more have asked us to come to their workplace or association meeting to present to their personnel and colleagues.
Employers are responding with policies to help workers take action and reach services.
Following a workshop for all managers at the airport authority, CEO and President Scott Brockman announced that the human resource staff “had autonomy to grant leave above what leave we already have accrued to assist employees dealing with DV issues,” said human resources manager Julie Stewart. “We will evaluate each on a case by case basis. He also announced that HR was the focal point for information and resources.”
Sheila H. Bramlitt, retired financial services security chief, attended a Women’s Council training and was inspired to create a video about domestic violence that was provided to all United States branches of her corporation. Sheila said, “I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the time you spent with (a DV survivor on her staff). Your insight and knowledge were extremely helpful but more importantly she saw there was someone willing to fight for women in her situation. You made a difference for her yesterday and that was no small thing.”
Deborah M. Clubb is executive director of the Memphis Area Women’s Council and co-presenter with Dr. Carol Danehower of “Violence at Home. Victims at Work.” workshops.