WTAE Helps Raise Awareness about Domestic Abuse and its Workplace Impact
“One in four women report being abused in their lifetime, and they often carry the stress of that with them to work.”
Earlier this month, local WTAE news anchor, Shannon Perrine, interviewed President and CEO Bobbi Watt Geer of United Way of Southwestern PA along with a survivor of domestic violence, and Kevin Wilkes, Chief Security Officer for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The interview highlighted the important ways in which employers can make an impact on the issue of domestic abuse. STANDING FIRM, a SWPA Says NO MORE partner, teaches employers how to recognize, respond and refer when they see signs of abuse.
One way to get employees connected with help is to call the United Way’s PA 2-1-1. PA 2-1-1 Southwest is a free, 24/7, 3-digit phone number that connects people with community, health and disaster services. 2-1-1 also offers a searchable database of services at pa211sw.org. Dialing 2-1-1 connects you with an information and referral specialist who can help. This specialist can help assess your needs and connect you to a human service program.