Saturday, September 20, 2014

Eight workplaces being saluted

Everyone has a role to play in ending domestic violence in the workplace and the community.
Eight workplaces in the Kenora-Rainy River districts took important steps in 2012 and the beginning of 2013 to create safe, supportive workplaces.

They taught supervisors and workers how to recognize the warning signs of domestic violence, how to respond quickly and effectively, and how to refer people in need to supportive resources.
By recognizing domestic violence and knowing how to respond and refer, we can help prevent serious injuries and fatalities.
These workplaces were recognized for their achievements in demonstrating leadership and commitment to helping prevent domestic violence today at noon at La Place Rendez-Vous.
Invited guests and speakers included Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro, Caroline Spencer, chair of the board of directors of the Rainy River District Women’s Shelter of Hope, as well as representatives from Northern Lights Credit Union, Kenora-Rainy River District Child and Family Services, and Atikokan Community Counselling.
Each of the organizations being celebrated have accessed workplace education and training resources developed by the “Neighbours, Friends and Families” campaign to support employers in meeting their obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Similar ceremonies will be taking place in other communities throughout the province.
Since June 15, 2010, all employers in Ontario are responsible for protecting workers from domestic violence at work, and must develop written policies to help workers who are victims of domestic violence.
Response to the training has been very positive, with 97 percent of the participants reporting a greater understanding of women abuse and more confidence in knowing how to respond to a co-worker that they suspect is suffering from—or at risk of—women abuse.
To find out more about the NFF@Work training program, contact Donna Kroocmo, executive director of the Rainy River District Women’s Shelter of Hope, at 1-807-597-2868 ext. 1 or via e-mail at dkroocmo@shaw.ca

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