Since the early 1990s, LOHP has worked with labor and other groups on a variety of workplace violence prevention projects. Unions have recognized that domestic violence is a workplace issue. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one out of three women in this country is a victim of physical or sexual abuse by an intimate partner. Domestic violence knows no boundaries—it creates a ripple effect that spills over onto the job. For example, partners commit more than 13,000 acts of violence against women in U.S. workplaces every year. Unions have a role to play in supporting affected members, educating all members, and keeping the workplace safe from violent incidents.
TRAINING OF TRAINERS COURSE
With funding from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), LOHP has developed a “Training of Trainers” (TOT) course on violence prevention. Training has been presented for labor and management at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Alameda-Contra Costa (AC) Transit, Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers, and other workplaces.
“VIOLENCE ON THE JOB” GUIDEBOOK
In 1997, LOHP and the Labor Task Force on Workplace Violence Prevention produced Violence on the Job – A Guidebook for Labor and Management, a 100-page book which is available from LOHP.