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Sarah Osmer - Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Today, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network and the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence are launching See the Signs, Speak Out, an online training program designed for employees to intervene in domestic and sexual violence situations in the workplace.

See the Signs, Speak Out empowers you to safely intervene as a bystander and make a difference. To highlight just a few of the resources available:

- Are you concerned that a colleague or friend might be a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault—but you don’t know how to reach out? Watch our video vignette on how to support a victim.

-Or, maybe you have witnessed problematic behavior—but you aren’t sure how to safely intervene to help. Take the 20-minute course on bystander intervention and learn how to safely intervene to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.  

-If you are an employer, check out the video vignettes for supervisors, including how to address an employee who may be perpetrating domestic violence or sexual assault.

We’d love to hear how you plan to use these tools. Leave a comment below, or drop us a line at seethesignsspeakout@gmail.com!

National Business Group on Health Recommends Comprehensive Business Response to Domestic Violence

Sarah Osmer - Thursday, November 13, 2014

We already know that domestic violence and sexual assault have a huge impact on our economy, with some estimates that it costs the U.S. economy more than $8.3 billion annually. The National Business Group on Health recently published a white paper that takes a comprehensive look at the importance of addressing intimate partner violence as a workplace issue.

Some of the report's highlights:

- Health care costs for domestic violence victims, including medical and mental health services, amount to more than $4.1 billion each year

-Only 30% of U.S. workplaces have formal violence prevention programs in place, and of those, less than half have policies that specifically address violence occurring at the work site.

The report makes several recommendations about ways that businesses can take action. Some of the Business Group’s suggestions include creating a multidisciplinary task-force, developing corporate policies, and introducing training programs. We couldn’t agree more, and we encourage companies to take part in our See the Signs, Speak Out training as part of a comprehensive strategy to address domestic violence and sexual assault.  

Male Peers Make a Difference in Preventing Sexual Violence

Sarah Osmer - Monday, August 18, 2014

A recent story from NPR highlights the power of peer groups in preventing campus rape.  In particular, the article discusses the success of a bystander intervention program that encourages male peers to take action to prevent sexual violence. As the story stated, the overwhelming majority of men don't commit rape; when they speak out they can make a real difference in their communities. In the same way, our goal is for the See the Signs, Speak out program to empower individuals to intervene as bystanders to stop sexual violence before it happens. Consider taking our online courses so you can help to make a difference too.


Don't stand by while you could be the key in preventing abuse. Please use our materials, take our courses, and encourage others to do the same.

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