American Express, Liz Claiborne, McLean County Government, IL, State Farm Insurance Companies, Town of Normal
– These CAEPV member companies participated in the Wireless Foundation's Phone Raising program to benefit CAEPV throughout Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For additional information on Donate a Phone PhoneRaising, please log on to www.donateaphone.com
– In addition to participating in the PhoneRaising for CAEPV, sponsoring GirlsAllowed
, and participating in the Corporate Conference, the Salt Lake City Field Office held a domestic violence awareness week. The Utah Domestic Violence Advisory Council presented its annual award to American Express in recognition of their internal education efforts regarding domestic violence.
American Express, Liz Claiborne
and Altria Group, Inc.
– These companies sponsored the 4th Annual Domestic Violence Walk/Run in Battery Park, NYC on October 4. For more information, visit www.dvwalk.org
- CIGNA presented "Violence Awareness Days" in their Bloomfield, Connecticut offices on September 25 and 26. Over 570 employees participated in the program, which highlighted not only partner violence, but also general workplace violence, hate crimes, and other violence affecting the lives of employees. While similar to a health fair, the event had an "art show" feel with walk-in cubicles containing large posters of newspaper articles related to domestic, workplace, and other types of violence. Working Well, Corporate Security, and EAP participated and provided resource information to those attending the event. CIGNA ordered CAEPV's "End Partner Violence" pins to give away, and used raffles to encourage employees to participate.
Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis
- The Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis Employers Group held it fall domestic violence workplace conference on October 10
. The conference highlighted best practices from across the country. For more information, visit www.dvngi.org
Eastman Kodak Company, Pennzoil-Quaker State, State Farm Insurance Companies, CIGNA, Liz Claiborne, American Express
— These CAEPV companies are sponsors of GirlsAllowed
, a new, interactive web site for girls ages 11-14 that premiered October 24. The Eastman Kodak Company is the primary sponsor of this three-dimensional animated site, designed to help girls identify healthy and unhealthy relationships before becoming involved in potentially abusive relationships. The web site features a three-dimensional animated teen friend named Anni whose "space" is the center for information, activities, and life lessons. Each Monday - Friday, a new animated "life lesson" episode (one of a series of 65) will appear on the web site, giving girls the opportunity to follow stories involving various people in Anni's life — stories about body image, dating pressures, being a good listener, diet pills, handling conflict, and of course, identifying healthy and unhealthy relationships. Every GirlsAllowed
episode has an accompanying on-line activity guide for girls AND one for parents and leaders — making GirlsAllowedö a wonderful outreach program for girl-serving organizations.
Liz Claiborne, Inc.
– Liz Claiborne benchmarked their landmark 1994 Corporate Leader Survey regarding domestic violence and the workplace — and released the results at the national Corporate Conference on October 24. In addition, Liz Claiborne sponsored GirlsAllowed
, participated in the Phone Raising program and the Corporate Conference, and hosted a reception for CAEPV member companies on October 23.
For their associates across the country, Liz Claiborne designed a quiz sent to all associates via email with 5 questions about domestic violence. The answers to the questions could be found at the Liz Claiborne Love Is Not Abuse
site. "Love Is Not Abuse" t-shirts were awarded to the first 5 associates who responded – and the response rate from associates was extremely positive.
Mary Kay, Inc.
— In October 2001, Mary Kay sponsored the powerful documentary, "Breaking the Silence: Journeys of Hope" that premiered nationwide on PBS stations. Mary Kay Inc. and the Mary Ash Charitable Foundation underwrote production and distribution of the documentary. In 2002, the National Council on Family Relations recognized "Breaking the Silence" in its Media Awards. The program is available through the PBS-Plus service to all PBS stations until the end of 2003. It is a co-production of Connecticut Public Television and Tatge-Lasseur Productions, Inc. Stations wishing more information about the program should contact the co-producer, Connecticut Public Television: firstname.lastname@example.org
. The American Bar Association has made copies of the video available at very low cost, in English or Spanish, complete with facilitator's guides. The price is only $10, plus shipping and handling. To order call 800-285-2221, or access an order form at www.abanet.org/publiced/domviol.html
Altria Group, Inc.
- Altria Group, Inc. sponsored the Seventh Annual Corporate Conference on Domestic Violence entitled Security & Domestic Violence in the Workplace: A Blueprint For Response on October 24. Co-sponsors were CAEPV and the New York Women's Agenda. This was the first national Corporate Conference, and focused on workplace security solutions for large and mid-size companies, whether they have a budget of $1,000 or $100,000. This national conference drew hundreds of participants from corporate America, government, the domestic violence service provider community, law enforcement and the health and education communities. CAEPV members American Express, CIGNA, Colorado Bar Association, DV Network of Indianapolis, Liz Claiborne, Inc., Mary Kay Inc., McLean County Government, IL,
and Verizon Wireless
were also conference presenters and participants.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, Philip Morris USA sponsored Work! To End Domestic Violence: How Can Businesses Respond? on October 2. Members of the Workplace Policies Committee, North Carolina Commission on Domestic Violence, were event hosts. The program included remarks by North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, North Carolina business leaders, advocacy groups, and a survivor whose employer took heroic steps to assure her safety.
State Farm Insurance Companies, Country Insurance and Financial Services, Illinois State University, McLean County Government, Mid-Central Community Action, Nybakke Vacuum Shop, Town of Normal
- These CAEPV members created You Decide: Four D's of Drinking, Driving, Date Rape Drugs and Dating Violence – a program in a CD ROM format for businesses use in partnership with local high schools. The program provides information to students regarding drinking, driving, date rape drugs, and dating violence and is geared around special activities like Homecoming and Prom. The program can also be presented to employees as a "Parent Preview" – providing an opportunity to reach out to employees on these important issues. The CD ROM was distributed to CAEPV member companies, and will be made available for purchase on the CAEPV web site.
– On October 15, Verizon Wireless launched its #HOPE program. By dialing #HOPE from a Verizon Wireless phone on the carrier's nationwide network, a person in need of information and resources regarding domestic violence will get an immediate connection to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) and a step towards safety and independence. The call is toll and airtime free. For more information about Verizon Wireless' domestic violence awareness efforts or to find out how to donate phones, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hopeline
Workplace Violence Today
- CAEPV member Barry Nixon's Workplace Violence Today radio show devoted the month of October to addressing domestic violence in the workplace. The program airs at 7:00 PM Pacific Standard Time each Friday. To listen to the program via the Internet, visit