(Washington, DC) - The District has launched a campaign to educate District government personnel on how to identify and respond appropriately to domestic violence in the workplace. This initiative includes: 1. Training for supervisors and personnel on safety issues and sensitive response; and, 2. The development of policies and protocols to be implemented this year that address domestic violence in the workplace.
The Protective Services Police Department (PSPD) within the Department of Real Estate Services (DRES) also provides District personnel Employee Safety Tips and Workplace Violence Awareness training. These workplace safety tips are available on the DRES website. In addition, PSPD officers are available to meet with District agencies to provide more information.
“Our goal is to educate employees and provide a safe working environment,” said PSPD Chief Louis P. Cannon. “Employees need to know about the helpful resources for victims in need of assistance.”
Domestic violence resources in the District includes:
- DC Government Employee Assistance Program (through COPE, Inc.) is a benefit for employees. The EAP provides confidential assessment, referral, and short-term counseling for employees who need or request it. Confidentiality is assured. No information regarding the nature of the personal problem will be made available to the supervisors nor will it be included in the permanent personnel file. 1 (800) 247-3054
- House of Ruth offers emergency, short-term, and long-term housing to victims of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and their children, as well as counseling, case management, and daycare services. (202)339-7093
- My Sister's Place offers short-term confidential shelter, transitional housing, children's services, and counseling, education and advocacy for domestic violence victims and their children. (202) 529-5991
- The District Alliance for Safe Housing provides access, safety, and acceptance to domestic violence victims by providing a "low barrier" housing program that accommodates victims regardless of disability, chemical addiction, immigration status or sexual orientation. (202) 462-3274
- Survivors and Advocates for Empowerment (SAFE), Inc. works with governmental and non-governmental organizations to provide domestic violence victims with critical crisis intervention and advocacy services that they need when fleeing an abusive relationship. (202) 698-1500
- Women Empowered Against Violence works closely with victims of domestic violence and abuse, providing an innovative range of legal, counseling, economic and educational services that leads survivors to utilize their inner and community resources, achieve safety for themselves and their children and live empowered lives. (202) 452-9550
- Deaf and Abused Women’s Network assists deaf adults and children who have experienced domestic violence and sexual violence. (TTY) (202) 721-8298
- Ayuda is a nonprofit, community-based legal and social service agency serving low-income Latino and foreign-born victims of domestic violence. (202) 387-4848
- Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (A/PI DVRP) provides free and confidential services to all A/PI women in the DC area who are in abusive relationships to increase their access to resources and improve safety. As A/PI women choose to seek help, report domestic abuse to authorities, or leave abusive partners, A/PI DVRP can assist with support in overcoming cultural, linguistic, emotional, financial, and/or immigration barriers. (202) 464-4477
- Asian/Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) works to improve access and treatment of Asian crime victims in the justice system. (202) 939-3572
- National Domestic Violence Hotline provides anonymous and confidential assistance 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) and 1 (800) 787-3224 (TTY)