Join supporters from across Orlando as they gather for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Orlando event to benefit Harbor House of Central Florida.
This fun-filled event takes place on Thursday, June 13, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the heart of downtown Orlando! Kicking off at the Orange County Courthouse and wrapping up at the Orange County History Center, legions of men will strut through downtown in heels to stand up against domestic abuse.
Women are welcome to participate as well! Sponsor a walker, join a team, make a donation or help us promote the event!
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Orlando is a community event modeled after Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®, The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence, a project of Venture Humanity, Inc. a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
Join Harbor House of Central Florida, the City of Orlando and the Orlando Police Department for the 4th It Takes Courage Door Hanging Event and help us raise awareness of the warning signs of domestic abuse in our community. Too often, people hear, see or know domestic abuse is happening, but don’t know how to make it stop. Now is your chance to spread the word and save lives. By participating in this campaign, you, your friends and your family will make sure our community knows the warning signs and how to respond to domestic abuse before another life is lost. Join us as we reach out to thousands in just one day by placing door hangers in local residences. These door hangers provide residents with the resources and information they may need to recognize abuse and act before it’s too late.
This year’s Purple Door Luncheon will be on October 12, 2013.
Each year, over a thousand of domestic abuse survivors, adults and children, seek safety at Harbor House’s confidential Emergency Shelter. Taking the step to leave a batterer is the most dangerous decision a survivor can make. Domestic violence homicides occur most often when a victim is in the process of leaving. When brave survivors come to Harbor House, they rarely have more than the clothes on their back.
You are critically important.
By attending The Purple Door Luncheon, you make safety and support possible for a family fleeing the tyranny of abuse. Purple Door’s mission is to stop the cycle of domestic violence by ensuring that every survivor has the resources she and her children need, both in Shelter and beyond, to achieve their goals.]]>
What’s puzzling is though domestic violence is not a new phenomenon, business leaders and particularly human resources professionals have ignored its existence for years.
Last year, I posed a question on the Society for Human Resources Management’s (SHRM) message boards: “What do you think of implementing a domestic violence policy in your company to be included in your employee handbook along with quality training about DV, how to recognize it and how to respond to it?”
The responses floored me. “How could you suggest such a thing? Why don’t we implement a policy against rape too!?” “It isn’t needed because DV is not that much of a risk or threat in our organization
Thankfully, this school of thought is changing. The results of a survey conducted a year later by the SHRM on domestic violence training in the workplace were published last month.
Businesses now have HR professionals, executives and managers that are aware of domestic abuse and are being trained on how to recognize and respond to it. In addition, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recognizes domestic violence and outlines what constitutes discrimination. And, it is straight-forward and easy to understand.
Having these laws in place is obviously a good thing. However, the government will never be able to legislate common sense. Business leaders must take responsibility for their employees. Just a quick glance at some of the most successful businesses reveals that the well-being of the employees of those organizations is a priority to its leaders. So what can you do to make sure your company and its employees are being adequately protected? Sign up for Harbor House’s Recognize, Respond and Refer class to learn what you can do to help victims of domestic abuse (we call them survivors!) in your organization. Also, re-read Fulghum’s book and the sandbox wisdom he writes about. You’ll be reminded that we already know what to do when it comes to how we treat our employees. Here is one for the road: When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
About Johnny Duncan
HR Consultant with over 15 years experience solving people problems and salvaging problem people within organizations. Extensive experience in providing quality training ranging from OSHA safety requirements to customer service training, to management coaching. Trusted company for constructing employee handbooks, performing job analysis, providing job descriptions, developing and implementing marketing plans, customer service training, and everything else needed for establishing a firm foundation for growing a successful business, without the worries of people-induced liabilities and litigation