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Get Started with See the Signs & Speak Out

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What is See the Signs?

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. Trainings model how to talk to friends or colleagues who may be a victim of domestic or sexual violence, how managers can talk to employees who may be perpetrating domestic or sexual violence, and how individuals can safely intervene as bystanders to prevent domestic and sexual violence before it happens.  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. 

Training Materials Available

Video vignettes

Video vignettes in English| Spanish subtitles

Video vignettes are brief videos (2-3 minutes long) that model safe bystander intervention in the workplace. The videos address topics such as:

  • How to talk to an employee who may be a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.
  • How to address an employee perpetrator of domestic or sexual violence.
  • How to intervene safely as a bystander to prevent sexual assault.
  • How to reach out to a colleague who may be a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.

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Online training modules

Online trainings in English | En Español

Online courses are available on domestic violence, sexual assault, and how to intervene safely as a bystander. 

  • Courses are 20-40 minutes long.
  • Registration is free and is required in order to access the advanced features.
  • Advanced features include: the ability for users to track their progress; access to quizzes; and the ability to print a certificate of completion.

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On-site bystander intervention training

PowerPoint trainings in English | En Español

Two 1.5-hour PowerPoint training workshops are available for onsite trainings.  

  • Both training workshops instruct how to safely intervene as a bystander. One training focuses on domestic violence and the other focuses on sexual violence. 
  • The training course include the use of a video vignette and interactive exercise.
  • A facilitator guide is available with complete facilitator's script.

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Workplace Resources

Employers have access to their own Quick Start Guide as well as other resources documents.

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The Role of Local Programs

While the See the Signs training workshops are designed to be facilitated by anyone and do not require a background in domestic violence or sexual assault issues, the hope is that prevention experts will leverage the tools to share their expertise and build relationships with employers in their community. The getting started guide is designed to make it as easy as possible for organizations to reach out to local employers, with free materials including a sample letter to employers and talking points.

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Why use See the Signs & Speak Out training materials?

Here are just a few of the benefits of the See the Signs free training materials:

  • Build relationships with community employers. Connect with employers in your community. Workplace trainings are an organizational asset that can help you forge long-term relationships with businesses, which can result in increased awareness, survivor support, and investment in critical programs and services.
  • Connect survivors to resources and support. Trainings are 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. 
  • Help shift workplace culture. See the Signs training courses focus on culture change rather than policy change. The program encourages workplaces to break the silence surrounding domestic and sexual assault and to start conversations in the workplace. Training materials model how to talk to employees or colleagues who may be a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, how to talk to an employee who is perpetrating domestic violence or sexual assault, and how to safely intervene as a bystander to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault from occurring.

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Planning a Training

Training To-Do List

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1. Compile a list of local employers
  • Think about which employers you would like to build relationships with and start by gathering those contacts. You can consult the yellow pages or a local chamber of commerce to find business directories. 
  • Consider reaching out to your agency’s board of directors for community contacts.
2. Contact Employers to Schedule a Training
  • Send a letter or email to contacts at local companies. (See the sample letter for ideas.)
3. Follow up with Employers
  • Within two weeks of mailing or emailing your contacts, call them directly and ask if they are interested in hosting a training. See the talking points for suggestions on what to say.
4. Host the Training
  • Facilitation materials can be downloaded here.
5. Complete the See the Signs Training Survey
  • After the training, please complete a brief survey about your use of the training tools. We appreciate your feedback so that we can continue to improve the trainings and understand how the tools are being used.
6. Send a Thank You Letter to the Employer
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10 Ways to Use See the Signs Trainings

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  1. Incorporate workplace trainings into your agency’s domestic violence or sexual assault awareness month activities.
  2. Contact local business associations to host a video vignette viewing and discussion at their next membership meeting.
  3. Contact the nearest human resources association chapter in your community to share information about the free trainings and offer to show a video at an upcoming meeting or event.
  4. Incorporate the training materials into any employee orientation trainings you currently conduct in the community.
  5. Send a letter to the editor (see sample) encouraging local businesses to host a training.
  6. board members
  7. Challenge your board members to take the online training.
  8. Show a video vignette as part of your volunteer orientations and trainings.
  9. Share information about the free trainings at your next community coalition event or meeting.
  10. Add training information to your organization’s website.
  11. Post one of the video vignettes on social media and share information about how employers can contact your organization to schedule a training.
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Talking Points

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Sample Letter to Employers

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Sample letter to the editor

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