NYC Council and Safe Horizon Launch 4-Point Plan to Combat Domestic Violence

Posted on: Friday, October 28, 2011

Keywords: Safe Horizon, domestic violence, New York City Council, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Bronx Chamber of Commerce, nonprofit, domestic violence New York City

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On Friday, October 28, 2011, Safe Horizon joined New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn as well as elected officials from throughout the Bronx at a luncheon sponsored by Verizon to launch the Council’s 4-Point Plan that will help combat domestic violence across the five boroughs.

As the largest provider of services for victims of domestic violence, Safe Horizon will help promote this key citywide initiative in a series of trainings being offered to the Chambers of Commerce throughout the city. The collaborative partnership was created to promote a beneficial instruction for businesses to recognize the warning signs of employees and co-workers who may be victims of domestic violence. 

At the luncheon before the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, Ariel Zwang, CEO of Safe Horizon, expressed gratitude for being part of a new mold that has been cast for the community. “It is so wonderful to be here with so many of our key partners in the fight against domestic violence. Safe Horizon has a long history of partnering with the City Council on a number of initiatives to combat domestic violence, including Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Julissa Ferreras. We are also grateful to David Samberg and his colleagues at Verizon Wireless, which has implemented our training on DV in the Workplace throughout their company, not just here in New York but across the country,” said CEO Zwang.

It is estimated that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.  Nationally, domestic violence costs businesses nearly $6 billion annually in healthcare expenses and lost productivity, and 74% of domestic violence survivors are harassed by their partner while they are at work.  The training includes discussion of signs that a co-worker or employee may be experiencing domestic violence at home, tips for how to respond to the needs of the employee, and information on services and supports that are available by Safe Horizon and partnering organizations in the community to help.  Safe Horizon has provided trainings like this to companies such as Altria, Phillips Van Heusen, Liz Claiborne, and others.

Safe Horizon will also present the Domestic Violence in the Workplace training to the Queens Chamber of Commerce on November 17.  Training sessions in other boroughs will take place over the next several months.

To learn about the warning signs for recognizing employees who may be victims of domestic violence, click here.

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