About See the Signs

About See the Signs & Speak Out

See the Signs & Speak out is a free, online-based training program that instructs employers and employees how to intervene safely as bystanders to prevent domestic and sexual violence, whether it occurs in the workplace or the community. The program focuses on how employees can have conversations about domestic violence and sexual assault that will make a difference in the workplace and in communities. The project was created through a collaboration between the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence and was generously funded by the Avon Foundation for Women.

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The Role of Local Programs

Domestic violence agencies and rape crisis centers are encouraged to use the free See the Signs training materials as an opportunity to reach out to businesses and offer workplace training. Training courses do not require an expertise in domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, but employers are encouraged to connect with local agencies to assist with training and referrals.

Local programs are invited to utilize the free trainings in whatever capacity makes sense and to adapt them as needed to meet their program needs.

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Why use See the Signs trainings?

  • The training program can help domestic violence centers/rape crisis agencies build relationships with community employers. Free trainings provides local programs with an opportunity to connect with employers in their community. Workplace training serves as an organizational asset that can help local programs forge long-term relationships with businesses, which can result in increased awareness, survivor support, and fundraising opportunities.
  • The training connects survivors to resources and support.Training is survivor-centered and survivor’s voices have been included throughout the program. See the Signs also encourages employers to identify and share relevant internal and external resources available for victims, including referrals to community domestic violence and rape crisis agencies.
  • The training helps shift workplace culture. See the Signs training models focus on culture change rather than policy change. The program encourages workplaces to break the silence surrounding domestic and sexual violence and to start conversations in the workplace.Trainings model how to talk to employees or colleagues who may be a victim of domestic or sexual violence, how to talk to an employee who is perpetrating domestic or sexual violence, and how to safely intervene as a bystander to prevent domestic and sexual violence from occurring.
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