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Employer Alliance sets Nov. 9 for 2017 workplace/DV conference

The Memphis Employer Alliance against Domestic Violence will present the 2017 conference on domestic violence in the workplace on Nov. 9.

The alliance joins the Memphis Area Women’s Council in organizing the 2017 “Violence at Home. Victims at Work.” conference to be hosted by Baptist Memorial Health Care in the Baptist Memphis Education and Conference Center, Dr. H. Edward Garrett, Sr. Auditorium located at 6027 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, Tennessee 38120. Parking is in the adjacent garage.

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.

The conference will equip employers to develop policies and share resources to reduce risk and protect the workplace.

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.

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 founders include Verizon Wireless, Crown Manufacturing, the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority, Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist Healthcare Faith and Health Division and Splash Creative.

Alliance membership is open in all categories and donor levels. Founding members donate a minimum of $2,000 and in return receive 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; a quarterly newsletter on DV and workplace issues; and 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; a quarterly newsletter on DV and workplace issues; and 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; a quarterly newsletter on DV and workplace issues; and a representative to quarterly Alliance sessions.

All who donate at least $150 will be listed in the conference agenda and receive the quarterly newsletter.

Future two-hour VHVW workshops will receive certificates of completion from the Alliance.

For more information on the alliance or the conference, contact Deborah Clubb, dclubb@memphiswomen.org or 901-378-3866. Registration will open shortly.

 

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.