During the month of October, Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) will join together with organizations, survivors and advocates across the country in observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, every nine seconds a woman is physically assaulted in the United States. Each day, more than three women are tragically murdered by a boyfriend or husband. Domestic violence/intimate partner violence (DV/IPV) is a real issue affecting the lives of millions of women and their children.
Throughout my life, I have always been dedicated to women’s issues. After serving as a Girl Scout for 12 years, attending SpelmanCollege, a women’s college, and working in the Crimes Against Women and Children’s Unit as a prosecutor, my passion flourished. During my years as a prosecutor, I consistently heard stories of coworkers who noticed a behavior change in a fellow colleague. Once aware of the violence, he/she often felt responsible realizing the magnitude of the life-threatening situation. All the signs were there: a black eye, tardiness to work, a change in mood, but the coworker did not want to get involved until it was too late.
PADV will continue to do our part in spreading DV/IPV awareness through education. On October 3, 2013, we will host our fourth annual Domestic Violence in the Workplace (DVIW) conference at The Home Depot headquarters. We look forward to an exchange between HR professionals and employees on this devastating issue. Most believe DV/IPV is a private matter disregarding the impact on not only children and family members, but, also the victim’s work environment. As we look at the residual effects of DV/IPV and the many instances occurring each year, the issue can no longer be private. It is time for all to take a stand in ending the violence. DVIW is a unique opportunity for PADV to equip all working professionals with the necessary tools. We want to ensure when issues arise, every company, big or small, has a plan of action. The right response could save a life.
In future years, PADV aims to move closer to our goal of eradicating DV/IPV. We will continue to educate the public on why DV/IPV is happening in our communities. We will bring the issue to the forefront and truly spark dialogue. We will position ourselves as a thought leader on DV/IPV and influence public policy. Programs, like DVIW, are the first step to spreading awareness and educating the public. Please join us this Thursday, October 3, for a powerful dialogue on Domestic Violence in the Workplace.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Partnership Against Domestic Violence