According to a recent Avon Foundation-funded study "NO MORE Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: Survey of Attitudes and Experiences of Teens and Young Adults" although 60% of Americans ages 15-and-older know a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault and 80% believe it is a problem in our society, limited public discussions are taking place about the issues. Seventy-three percent of Americans have not talked about the issues with their children and more than half have never discussed it with their friends; two-thirds say if we talk more about domestic violence and sexual assault, it would be easier for them to help someone and 75% say they would step in to help a stranger.
With this in mind, the Avon Foundation for Women launched See The Signs & Speak Out: Become an Upstander, a series of new employer training programs to educate employees on how to recognize and respond to domestic violence, dating abuse, and sexual assault. The new training programs, funded by a $500,000 Avon Foundation grant and developed in partnership with JWI, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, and The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, will offer free tools for employers to further public conversation about this epidemic and encourage safe and effective bystander interventions to reduce violence and assault.
The quick and accessible online tools that will help bystanders who witness or suspect abuse to take action and safely intervene. Each of the grants will ensure a comprehensive approach for trainings focused on children, teen and adult victims – with the goal that bystanders can become upstanders when armed with the educational tools to do so.
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