Economic Impact of Violence on Business

Posted on June 9, 2017

How Does This Impact Your Business? 

The effects of domestic violence are felt by a victim's family, friends, community and even her workplace. 1 in 4 Women are victims of domestic violence and 2 in 5 women in Texas are victims of sexual assault (1). Taking into consideration the high number of people in our community impacted by sexual and domestic violence it is no surprise that these type of traumas and violence would have an impact on careers and on our business community as a whole.  

Because of the historical stigma surrounding domestic violence, many employers are uncertain of their role in what has previously been viewed as a private family matter. Denton County Friends of the Family was established 37 years ago as a grassroots effort. Prior to that, there was no place for victims of violence in our community to get help like there is today. Having resources available like those that our agency provides help us to break the stigma of abuse being a private family matter and allows victims to get help. 

One of the ways that we work to break through the stigma at Friends of the Family is through our prevention and education programs. We will tell you more about these later, first let's read a little more about the economic impact of violence in the business community. 

"Sixty-four percent (64%) of victims of domestic violence indicated that their ability to work was affected by the violence. Among key causes for their decline in productivity, victims noted "distraction" (57%); "fear of discovery" (45%); "harassment by intimate partner at work (either by phone or in person)" (40%); fear of intimate partner's unexpected visits" (34%); "inability to complete assignments on time" (24%); and "job loss" (21%)(2). 

The impact of abuse feeds over into the work place in numerous ways and cannot be overlooked. As many as 75% of domestic violence victims face harassment from intimate partners while they are at work(3). This impacts the victims personally, the safety of co-workers and has an economic impact on the business itself.  

"Exerting control over victim’s employment is a form of harassment used by batterers to intimidate their partners. Although exact tactics are somewhat varied, they can be grouped into two categories: work disruption and work–related stalking. Work disruption is anything that prevents the victim from getting to work on time or at all, and typically takes place at home or outside the workplace. One national study indicates that abusers typically disrupt by depriving the victim of sleep, refusing to assist with child care, physically injuring the victim before work, turning off the alarm clock, or creating an embarrassing situation at the victim’s work. Work–related stalking includes following a person, coming to the victim’s workplace unannounced, looking into the window of the workplace, waiting for the victim at the end of the workday, as well as telephone calls and emails to the victim. It’s important to consider the workplace as a constant factor in the victim’s life. Although victims may change their residence, their work location and work schedule often remain the same (Swanberg, Logan, & Macke, 2006)." 

Toni Johnson Simpson, our Executive Director explains that "the lack of understanding businesses have about domestic violence can have serious consequences for victims and their families."

The effects of domestic violence can have direct monetary impacts on businesses, with $8.3 billion annually in lost productivity and higher medical bills according to Forbes magazine. Luckily, there are some businesses who recognize this issue and have taken steps to correct it. Companies like Verizon, Allstate, Prudential, Avon, Mary Kay, Macy’s and Home Depot have already taken significant steps forward by initiating domestic violence policy programs and collaborating with local domestic violence and sexual assault agencies. Our team of local experts at Denton County Friends of the Family are right here in Denton County we are ready to help your business do the same! 

Our Community Education program offers professional training and presentations for managers and employees on effective domestic violence prevention programs, as well as how to recognize, report, and respond accordingly in the workplace. We can provide educational resource materials for use in employee handbooks, resource materials, and orientations.  If you would like to schedule a training or receive more information about our programs let us know!  

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About Denton County Friends of the Family 

We provide compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, while partnering with our community to promote safety, healing, prevention, and justice. If you or anyone you know is a victim of violence and needs help our 24 hour crisis line is always available or you can call our Outreach Office and schedule a time to come in. 

24-Hour crisis line: 940-382-7273 or 800-572-4031  

Outreach Office: 940-387-5131 

  

Resources and References: 

(1, Texas Council on Family Violence, 2015) 
(2, Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence, 2005) 
(3, Family Violence Prevention Fund, 1998) 

  

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We're Hiring- Are You All About Community Resources and Volunteers?

Posted on June 6, 2017

FRIENDS OF THE FAMILY 

Community Resource Coordinator 

Ready to join our team? Please email your resume and cover letter to our Director of Community Relations, Randi Skinner at rskinner@dcfof.org 

Employment Status 

Full-Time, Exempt 

Reports to 

Director of Community Relations (Director of Marketing & Development)

Supervises 

All agency volunteers and interns 

Funding 

22% HHSC, 53% CJD, 25% OAG 

Prerequisites 

  • Bachelor’s degree in social services, public relations or related field 

  • Strong written and oral communication skills 

  • Must be at least 23 years old 

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record 

Preferences 

  • Bilingual in Spanish (not required)

Position Objective 

Coordinate all agency volunteers and in-kind donations. Serve as a representative of the agency to the community. 

Primary Functions 

Job Title: Community Resource Coordinator, Full-Time Must be available to work evenings and weekends. Position Description: We are looking for a hard-working and reliable individual to recruit, screen, orient, train and assign volunteers for all agency programs. The individual would also handle in-kind donations and drives and work directly with the Marketing and Development team. The ideal candidate would have experience working with and managing volunteers. Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree in related field

· Demonstrated knowledge, understanding, and skills in working with all types of people.

· Minimum of three years working with volunteers in a non-profit agency preferred.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by staff assigned to this position. This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Other duties may be assigned as required. 

This position is a grant-funded position and is subject termination based on the renewal of supporting grants. Employment with Denton County Friends of the Family is on an at-will basis, in accordance with state law, meaning that both the employee and the agency are free to terminate the relationship at any time, with or without cause or advance notice.  

Ready to join our team? Please email your resume and cover letter to our Director of Community Relations, Randi Skinner at rskinner@dcfof.org 

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Denton District Attorney's Office Donates $50,000 to DCFOF

Posted on June 1, 2017

The District Attorney's Office and law enforcement departments are tasked with the challenge of finding perpetrators of violent crime and holding them accountable.  During the course of these investigations it is no surprise when these violent offenders are in possession of cash earned through illegal acts. The District Attorney’s Office has an Asset Forfeiture Division that assists law enforcement with the seizure of criminals’ money, and that seized money must then be used for law enforcement purposes. In a heroic display of compassion, the Denton County District Attorney's Office has donated $50,000 of these funds to Denton County Friends of the Family to support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. What better display of justice is there than to give money that has been involved in violent crime back to the victims of violent crime.

“I am glad that we had the opportunity to use these funds that we seize from criminals and use them for the benefit of victims of crime", says District Attorney Paul Johnson. "We know that by donating to Friends of the Family, the funds will directly impact the work they do on behalf of victims of domestic violence.”

"As survivors of sexual and domestic violence, the women and children we serve are either direct victims of a crime, or have witnessed a crime", says Toni Johnson-Simpson, Friends of the Family Executive Director. "These funds are going to make a huge impact for the clients we serve! The District Attorney's office has made an investment in the members of our community who need it most, and all throughout our agency there is a great feeling of hope thinking of how many more people we are going to be able to serve with these dollars. Thank you for enabling us to change the lives of victims of violence in our community, and for the sense of justice you have brought to our clients today."

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The Mission Impact Award Goes to CoServ!

Posted on May 31, 2017

Denton County Friends of the Family is proud to present the Mission Impact Award to the CoServ Charitable Foundation! CoServ has been a consistent and crucially needed partner of Denton County Friends of the Family over the years. From updating flooring, to providing technology, to even providing the sign on the front of our building CoServ has recognized the need for our agency and provided tens of thousands of dollars in funding to enable us to change lives. 

Most recently, CoServ donated $15,000 toward a 15 passenger van for the shelter! 

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Help Us Make It Even S'More Fun

Posted on May 24, 2017

The Friends of the Family emergency shelter has been up and running since 1980, and last year provided 7,801 days of shelter to victims of sexual and domestic violence. The shelter houses 32 women and children at a time and is at capacity 11 months out of the year. We see women and children come through our doors from all walks of life, each one having their own unique story that brought them there.  

With a house full of kids at the shelter there is never a dull moment! Summer is our busiest time of year by far. Many times we see that mothers will wait until summer to leave their abuser to prevent their kids from being uprooted during the school year. We recognize that living in a home full of 30+ people can be stressful for the family so working to have some fun along the way is where our shelter staff rocks!  

Our new Shelter Director, Stephanie Aguilar, and her team had a fun idea to kick off the summer fun at shelter with The Schools Out Camp Out

Our camp out event will be June 1st at our shelter, we will play fun games, have yummy snacks, of course make s'mores, and moms and kids will camp out to celebrate the start of summer! We are still looking for donations and volunteers for the event.  

You can help make it even "s'more" fun. Here's how:  

  1. Help Us Gather The Supplies- Check out the Amazon Smile Wishlist   (drop off any supplies to the Outreach Office- grab the address here)

  2. Volunteer At The Shelter for The Schools Out Camp Out- RSVP to volunteer here  (login to your volunteer portal and select the children's program volunteer opportunity)

Thank you for helping us kick off the summer with this fun event!  

P.S. You must be an active volunteer to help at shelter, but if you are not you can always help us gather supplies or share any other fun game ideas! 

Shelter Volunteer Requirements:  

Volunteers must already have completed the application process and received back their Child Abuse Registry Check results from the State to volunteer at Schools Out Camp Out. It can take up to 6 weeks to get the results back from the State government for the Child Abuse Registry.  

If you want to get started with your volunteer application for future opportunities go HERE

Not sure of your volunteer status? Request an update HERE

Need help?  

24-Hour crisis line: 940-382-7273 or 800-572-4031 

Outreach Office: 940-387-5131 

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Faith for Freedom

Posted on May 17, 2017

1 in 4 women in our community will be victims of domestic violence in their lives, and their freedom will be taken away. They will be held like prisoners in their own homes, while their abuser exerts control over their work schedule, their bank account, cuts them off from friends and family, while inflicting physical and emotional pain. Reaching these victims can be hard because their abuser has kept them so isolated. #FaithForFreedom is a campaign that we started last year in partnership with faith congregations all across Denton County with three goals: 

  1. To raise awareness of domestic violence in congregations across the county, and make our services known to any potential victims  

  2. To raise funds for the clients that we serve through special offerings in those congregations 

  3. To build a relationship of trust between the faith communities and our agency in order to know how to connect clients with a congregation of their faith and access to community resources  

Faith for Freedom Impact: 

Our “Faithful Friends” will be hosting special offerings to support the courageous women that have reached out for help. Using materials provided by DCFOF, our partner congregations will spread the word about the prevalence of domestic violence and give lifesaving information to any potential victims in the congregation. The funds raised through special offerings in those congregations will support the services provided to victims for free at DCFOF (such as emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, play therapy, a food pantry, and a career resource center). Your partnership in #FaithForFreedom provides the gift of safety, hope, healing, justice and prevention in the fight for freedom that our clients endure every day. 

How it works: 

  1. Attend the Faith for Freedom Kick-Off Social! RSVP HERE and JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT. At the social we will discuss the campaign in detail and give you all the materials you need to be a part of the campaign. Bring your questions!  

  1. Sign your congregation up for the #FaithForFreedom campaign through the DCFOF website

  2. Spread the word about domestic violence during selected worship services (using materials provided by DCFOF) 

  3. Host special offerings to benefit victims served by Friends of the Family  

  4. Follow the campaign by liking our Facebook page

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