The information and training provided through Make It Our Business is intended to help employers meet their new obligations under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act. According to the Act, employers must prevent and respond to domestic violence in the workplace.
The Make It Our Business campaign, adds to information in the Neighbours, Friends and Families public education campaign about how to recognize the signs of domestic violence. The aim of the Neighbours, Friends and Families campaign is to raise awareness so that people close to women at risk or abusive men can help. Together the two campaigns provide resources to help you develop strategies to prevent domestic violence in the workplace.
Make It Our Business is a campaign of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC). We are actively involved in educating the public and professionals in many disciplines on the impact of violence in the lives of women and children. Our research in the London community as well as our alliance with research centres in other provinces has placed us in the forefront of many critical societal issues. We are working with our education partners to identify the most promising strategies to promote healthy relationships. We are looking at how to prevent domestic homicides with our justice, health, and community partners. We are exploring the role of neighbours, friends and families to recognize the warning signs of relationship violence. And now we have turned out attention to educating workplaces about warning signs of relationship violence and how to respond to them.
All our efforts remain focused on the same vision: A commitment to the development and application of knowledge on the prevention of violence against women and children through the promotion of innovation, collaborative relationships, and equality. If you would like to learn more about our work, visit www.learningtoendabuse.ca.
Make It Our Business provides suggestions about what you can do to prevent workplace domestic violence and to support employees at risk. We outline how employers, supervisors, managers, human resources and safety officers, security personnel, union representatives and co-workers can recognize domestic violence, respond to it and refer victims and abusers to supports that offer help.
The suggestions and strategies in this website are based on promising practices collected from community experience and research, particularly reports from the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee which advises the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario.