STAND UP for STANDING FIRM’s 2016 Awards Luncheon was a Huge Success!

The 2016 Awards Luncheon took place on October 26th in the Grand Ballroom of the Omni William Penn Hotel. Over 300 attendees from local nonprofits, corporations, and government organizations filled the room. The keynote speaker, Erika Gilchrist, was fantastic and energized the audience. The 2016 Employer Award was presented to the Pittsburgh Pirates, and Dr. Richard Citrin received the 2016 Champion Award.

Also in attendance were Mayor Peduto, County Executive Fitzgerald, Councilpersons Natalia Rudiak and Bruce Kraus, local religious leaders, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce President Matt Smith, and Bill Flanagan.

Photo from 2016 Awards Luncheon


“The Luncheon was a model event in many ways, in particular the program book was a wealth of information and the keynote speaker was incredible and kept coming back to the mission of STANDING FIRM.”

“Erika Gilchrist was a phenomenal speaker and her talk perfectly illustrated how partner violence can affect the workplace.”

“The photo booth during registration was a fantastic and fun idea!”

Partner violence happens at home, but it walks through the door of your workplace.
STANDING FIRM offers employers what they need to address partner violence as a workplace issue.
  • One quarter of workplace violence events in the U.S. each year are related to partner violence.
  • More than ONE in FIVE full-time employed adults have been victims of partner violence and 64% of them indicated their work performance was significantly impacted.
  • 48% of abusers surveyed report difficulty concentrating on work.
Click on the boxes below to learn about what employers should do.
  • Recognize

    RECOGNIZE that partner violence is a business issue that affects productivity and security.

  • Respond

    RESPOND appropriately from a menu of action steps to address the effects of partner violence.

  • Refer

    Know how to REFER to existing community resources for services that the employer does not have the expertise or ability to provide.

Why the term "Partner Violence"?

We use the term "partner violence" in the business setting to describe what others call "domestic violence." We believe the term partner violence addresses the strong bias in the workplace that "that problem" only happens at home and is not relevant to employers.

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Take the first step toward addressing the hidden safety and productivity costs related to partner violence in your workforce.

What does joining mean?

By joining, an employer signifies that partner violence is a serious organizational concern.

Members are encouraged to take one or more of the many action steps that are available via STANDING FIRM.

Who else belongs to STANDING FIRM?

Check out the ever-growing list of employers who have joined STANDING FIRM and are taking a stand on partner violence in their workplaces. See MEMBERS.

Find out what STANDING FIRM members are saying about us.

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