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Nonprofit to host workplace domestic violence conference
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The Partnership Against Domestic Violence will host the 2012 Domestic Violence in the Workplace Conference Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Home Depot corporate headquarters near Vinings.

The conference will offer unique domestic violence training opportunities for managers, human resources representatives, legal professionals and critical stakeholders of area organizations and business.

“We wanted to bring awareness to the issue of intimate partner violence in a proactive way by teaching employers how to recognize warning signs and offer help to affected employees,” said Meagan Fulmer, the partnership’s president and CEO. “In Georgia, 74 percent of domestic violence victims murdered in 2010 worked full-time outside of the home. This conference is designed to show employers how domestic violence impacts employee productivity and a business’ bottom line, while also teaching HR professionals how to design policies that provide victims with a safe and supportive work environment.”

Intimate partner violence affects one in every four women in the U.S. and often impacts every area of a victim’s life, including work habit and attendance. Domestic violence in the workplace results in eight million missed workdays each year, and female victims have 20 percent higher healthcare premiums for five years following an incident. The conference will discuss these issues and dispel the myths surrounding domestic violence through breakout sessions, keynote addresses and a theatrical presentation by Sketchworks.

“Domestic violence is silently impacting business and employers across the country on a daily basis,” said Martha Delehanty, senior vice president of human resources for event sponsor Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “This conference is an important step towards inspiring change and action among Georgia’s employers that will protect employees and confront this issue. We are proud to join with PADV in presenting this valuable learning opportunity for area businesses.”

The day will begin with an invitation-only leadership breakfast featuring remarks by Carol Tomé, CFO for The Home Depot, and Delehanty. Following breakfast, HR professionals will attend two sessions that address the basics of domestic violence and allow employers to experience the decisions and barriers victims often face. Other sessions include a legal panel concentrated on employer liability and risk, an experts’ panel centered on how to address the issue as an employer, and afternoon breakout sessions on developing a domestic violence policy based on company size.

Throughout the day, attendees will hear from numerous business and industry leaders that have developed successful polices both on a local and national level. Speakers and panelists for the conference include: Delehanty; Diane Prucino, co-managing partner for Kilpatrick Townsend; Michelle Johnson, partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP; Allen Nelson, executive vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief administrative officer of Crawford & Co.; Brigid McCaw, medical director of Kaiser Permanente; Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, vice president of Prudential Insurance; Troy Bond, chief human resources officer for Atlanta Medical Center; and Nicole Morgan, human resources professional for the Automobile Protection Corp.

The conference will conclude with survivor speaker Charmagne Helton, principal and director of communications for PRM Consulting Group. Helton, the partnership’s 2012 Hearts with Hope honoree, will tell her personal story to provide conference attendees with an example of what domestic violence looks like from the perspectives of both an employee and an employer.

Online registration for the conference is currently open at https://donate.padv.org/DVIW2012. Individual tuition for the program is $50 per attendee. More information about the training sessions and speakers is available at http://padv.org/2012-domestic-violence-in-the-workplace/.
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