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Employers: Get Started

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What is See the Signs & Speak Out?

See the Signs, Speak Out is a program to provide free domestic violence and sexual assault trainings to workplaces. This online-based program helps employers start conversations about domestic violence and sexual assault that can make a difference in the workplace, in their homes, and in their communities.

The program includes brief video vignettes, online courses, and onsite training materials.

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Free Training Resources 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.
Ideas for using the video vignette training materials:

Show a video vignette at the next staff meeting; as part of domestic violence or sexual assault awareness month, send all staff the links to the videos and ask them to view the videos; incorporate a video into the next staff training. 

Online training modules

Online training 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.
Ideas for using the online courses:

Have all supervisors complete the courses; encourage all human resources staff to complete the courses; require new staff members to complete the online trainings as part of new staff orientation.

On-site bystander intervention training

PowerPoint training in English | En Español

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

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

Invite a local expert from the nearest domestic violence center or rape crisis center to facilitate the training; conduct training as part of domestic violence or sexual assault awareness month; have a human resources staff member facilitate the training as part of an existing wellness campaign.

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Tips for Getting Started

Getting Started for Small Employers

1. Familiarize yourself with the domestic violence and sexual assault resources in your community.
2. Train key staff members.
  • Option: Contact your local domestic violence or sexual assault agency to conduct a workplace training during lunchtime or as part of an in-service training. More information can be found here.
  • Option: Ask staff who handle human resource matters to view the See the Signs employer vignettes.
  • Option: Consider adding an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to your employee benefits package. The Futures Without Violence website Workplaces Respond explains some of the benefits to your company as well as to individuals who may be impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault.
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Tips for Getting Started for Medium to Large Employers

1. Consider conducting a workplace safety assessment.
2. Find ways to incorporate See the Signs materials and resources within existing policies or wellness programs.
  • Option: Do you have a workplace policy that addresses domestic violence and sexual assault? (It may be addressed within a sexual harassment, anti-discrimination, workplace violence, safety policy). If yes:
    • A simple approach is to incorporate language that states your company will provide information and resources related to domestic violence/sexual assault.
    • Also consider adopting an anti-violence policy that addresses domestic violence and sexual assault. Check out Workplaces Respond’s policy generator tool for resources on creating a policy.
  • Option: Incorporate a domestic violence and sexual assault bystander training within an existing wellness program.
  • Option: Does your company work with a healthcare broker that has a wellness program? Consider approaching them about ways that they could utilize See The Signs materials.
3. Organize a training.

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Templates and other resources

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