The City of Edmonton is taking a stand against workplace domestic violence.
18 leaders and employers signed a pledge today showing their commitment to ending gender-based violence and sexual assault. Participants will work with the city and the Gender-Based Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Council Initiative to develop solutions and support for individuals affected by gender-based violence.
Program Manager for Family and Community Support, Zanette Frost said there are many steps that can be taken by businesses and organizations to prevent and reduce domestic violence and sexual assault. A good start is implementing training programs to bring awareness to the issues and offer resources.
“That would allow our staff to identify and support individuals who are experiencing domestic violence or have experienced a sexual assault,” said Frost. “So it just gives them the opportunity to provide and create those mechanisms within their businesses and organizations to provide support to those individuals.”
In addition to training and awareness, there are other actions employers can take to offer their employees resources and support in cases of gender-based violence.
“If an individual has stated that they’re in a domestic violence situation, they could actually have a paid leave,” explained Frost. “We don’t want to create that cycle downward if someone leaves that situation. To make sure that they have the resources to move forward.”
The pledge coincides with the introduction of the “It’s Time” campaign, which encourages young men, boys and other Edmontonians to become allies in ending gender-based violence and sexual assaults.
Find information and resources by calling the 24-hour Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818, or click here. (KLM, with files from Global News)