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Messages about Family Violence
Start a public education campaign in your workplace. To help you, we have developed some family violence messages that you can use. Insert the names and phone numbers of contact people in your workplace or region. Send the messages out to employees, but be sure to do so in combination with the development of supportive policies and practices. Hold family violence sensitivity sessions and then start sending out messages. Use the messages on pay stubs, staff email, newsletters, or even on office bulletin boards.
No matter how small your contribution, reaching out to an employee experiencing abuse will help not only that person, but possibly other workers and the entire workplace. Supportive and validating acts and words do make a difference. We all benefit from promoting healthier, safer homes, workplaces, and communities.
• Family violence is the abuse of power in a personal or intimate relationship. It takes many different forms including physical, psychological, sexual, financial or spiritual.
• Psychological or emotional abuse can include threats to leave you, commit suicide, kill the pets, insults, constant criticisms, and damage to your belongings.
• Many people experiencing abuse blame themselves. If you live with family violence “it’s not your fault.” It’s about someone trying to control you.
• It’s not always easy to tell who is living with abuse. Family violence can affect a person at home and at work.
• Although anyone can be a victim of family violence, some people, such as persons with disabilities, women, and seniors are more vulnerable to abuse than others.
When family violence enters the work place it can
• Family violence can follow someone to work and affect everyone’s safety. Call __________ to share your concerns or to make arrangements that help you feel safer.
• Anyone can experience family violence. If you are being abused, there is help. We care about you. For support call _____________ or talk to your personnel manager ___________________.
• Sexual harassment is a specific kind of workplace harassment. It can happen to either women or men. Sexual harassment involves any unwanted conduct, comment, gesture, or contact, which is sexual in nature.
• Workplace harassment is not confined to a specific work environment. It can occur in any location connected with the work setting. This includes cafeterias, training sessions, business travel, workplace socials, parking lots, and even washrooms.
• All employees must take care to treat each other with respect. Employees who harass others are liable for their conduct. By law, employers are responsible for preventing and resolving workplace harassment.
• At (insert workplace here) we work as a team. We value the work you do and the person you are. If you or a co-worker are living with family violence and want more information speak to your union representative or personnel manager.
• Victims of abuse often feel alone. There are people who understand and care. For information and support you can call: (List the telephone numbers for supportive services in your area, such as the local transition home, or a help line. Note: Chimo Help Line serves all of NB.)
• Victims of family violence may be eligible for assistance from the New Brunswick Domestic Legal Aid Program. They offer legal help on family law matters such as child support, spousal support, and custody and access.
• Divorce and separation can be a time of heightened conflict. Court Services Division of the New Brunswick Department of Justice offers a free parenting after separation course to help parents deal with the legal and emotional issues of separation. The toll-free number is 1-888-236-2444.
• Transition homes offer a safe environment for women experiencing family violence. They provide support and information. They can help women regain control over their lives.
• The second page of every telephone book in New Brunswick offers information about abuse along with the telephone number of transition homes (shelters), counselling agencies and other supportive services.
• Remember, all forms of abuse are wrong. Stalking, hitting, slapping, threatening, and name-calling are not respectful. They are not expressions of love!
• Some people think that they can do anything they want inside their own home. That is not true. Assaulting another person is illegal … even at home.
• Did you know somebody could commit an assault without touching you? If someone threatens to hurt you, your property, children or pets, and you reasonably believe he or she will do it, it could be considered an assault.
• If your partner belittles you or controls when you can see family or friends, that may be considered emotional abuse.
• If you have ended a relationship and your former partner is repeatedly following you, calling you or sending you unwanted gifts, you may be experiencing “criminal harassment” sometimes known as stalking. Keep a record of acts and contact the police.
• A peacebond is a legal remedy you might consider if you have good reason to fear that your partner will continue to threaten you or harm you. It is not a substitute for an assault that has already happened. The conditions of the peacebond can include staying away from your place of work, among other things. Talk to the police.
• Family court orders for custody and access of children can include orders to prevent your partner from harassing you while exercising his/her access rights.