In order to be listed as a Signing Member of this pledge, you must do the following:
Complete the pledge form at safepledge.org
Identify two** representatives from your organization to receive SAFE Pledge Training from SAFE* or a similar organization.
SAFE Pledge Training is a three-hour online course that will introduce participants to the resources, skills, and other information they’ll need to better understand and support those affected by family violence.
An initial cost of $1000 will cover the two people required for Signing Member status, and additional registrations will be available for $500 per person.
*If you are building a relationship with a different organization that works to end family violence, or if you are outside the US, please note that in the ‘Comments’ field.
**Companies with fewer than eight employees only need to identify one SAFE Pledge Representative for training.
Once you’ve completed all of these steps, reply to your welcome email with a link to your published version of the pledge, your logo for website recognition, and the other information requested in the email. If you did not receive a Welcome Email, email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions. Each year, to continue as a Signing Member, you may be asked for confirmation of these steps.
Step 2: Complete the pledge template for your organization and share it publicly.
Why? Speaking out publicly about your commitment to ending family violence will encourage others to do it, and it will also let employees know that there are resources and support available if they are needed.
How? This can take the form of a dedicated page on your website, a blog or other social media post, or any other means of sharing your commitment publicly.
Step 3: Commit to sharing resources about family violence with your employees upon hiring, and making those resources available to all employees.
Why? Many people don’t know how to recognize a dangerous or abusive situation, how to approach someone who may be in one, or what help is available, so it’s important to make sure that everyone has access to that information and knows where to find it.
How? This can include optional training, a physical or online resource library, audio or video presentations, or flyers and posters for common areas like break rooms and bathrooms. Be sure to include information about the people in your organization who have completed SAFE Pledge Training and how to contact them.
Step 4: Identify at least two representatives from your organization to receive SAFE Pledge Training from SAFE* or a similar organization, to support the development and implementation of the relevant policies (organizations with fewer than five members may be exempt from this requirement).
Why? Family violence is not a straightforward issue, and some practices or policies that may seem helpful on the surface could create serious problems. A more thorough training program will provide a deeper perspective so that people who need support or resources can get what they need.
1. Find a training—The easiest way to meet this requirement is the SAFE Pledge Training. SAFE Pledge Training is a three-hour online course that will introduce participants to the resources, skills, and other information they’ll need to better understand and support those affected by family violence.
2. Identify people to receive training—Select at least two SAFE Pledge Representatives within your organization.
3. Empower the SAFE Pledge Representatives—Once they have completed the training, empower them to review and recommend policy, and to manage any resources needed to support employees affected by family violence.
Step 5: Commit to developing informed policies to support employees who are aware of, experiencing, or trying to leave violent or abusive situations.
Why? Reviewing and updating company policies to ensure that they provide necessary support to employees (or their family members) will allow you to have policies already in place in case they are needed.
How? Have the SAFE Pledge Representatives, who have received in-depth training on family violence, review your company handbook and other documentation for policies that can be amended or created to make it easier to offer resources, support, or extra flexibility to employees and their families who may be affected by family violence.
Why? SAFE has existing networks of support and training, and they work directly with people who are affected by family violence. A supportive partnership with them can amplify your efforts by combining them with others committed to the same goal.
How? There are several different ways you can support SAFE: