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When Domestic Violence Comes to Work

  • Thornblade Club 1275 Thornblade Boulevard Greer, SC 29650 (map)
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Representatives of these organizations will describe resources employers should know about:

Safe Harbor

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Safe Harbor offers a continuum of services, providing safe emergency shelter, counseling, assistance with orders of protection, and transitional housing, as well as teen dating violence education and community outreach in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, and Oconee counties.

Safe Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition


SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition is a private, non-profit organization providing a multi-faceted assistance program to victims of domestic violence in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties, and victims of sexual assault in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. The agency provides comprehensive services that include: victim advocacy, emergency shelter, legal advocacy, education/prevention programs, support groups and therapy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse.

Steps to HOPE

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Steps to HOPE, Inc. is the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention and Treatment Center serving Western NC and Upstate SC. For all victims of family violence or sexual assault in this community, there is Help, Order, Protection and Encouragement.

When Domestic Violence Comes to Work

Did you know???

  • One in three women and one in four men have been victims (of some form) of domestic violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

  • Domestic violence has been estimated to cost US employers up to $13 billion each year.

  • Between one-quarter and one-half of domestic violence victims report they lost a job at least in part due to domestic violence.

(Source: National Network to End Domestic Violence)

Six Upstate South Carolina area organizations are working together to host a dynamic and interactive full-day workshop, “When Domestic Violence Comes to Work,” on Wednesday, June 12, at Thornblade Club.

Workshop hosts include: Employers Network, Greenville Chamber, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Safe Harbor, Safe Homes-Rape Crisis, and Steps to HOPE.

Participants will learn what to do if an employee is a victim of domestic violence and what community resources are available to assist.

Workshop registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. The workshop will start at 9 a.m., and end at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to a Thornblade Club buffet lunch.

Cost is $205 per person. Advance, pre-paid reservations are required.


Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Obstacles that victims of domestic violence face (including employment)

  • How domestic violence can create a barrier to holding or excelling at a job

  • The complexity of domestic violence situations

  • Resources that are available to employers to address domestic violence situations

  • Tools to prevent domestic violence from coming to work

A highlight of the session will be a simulation, “In Her Shoes.” This provides participants the opportunity to “walk in the shoes” of individuals experiencing violence by reading a series of short narratives that describe their experiences. Participants are then challenged to make real-life choices that determine “their” fate. By walking in the shoes of those experiencing violence, participants gain powerful insight into the many obstacles faced as a result of domestic violence.

Master Deputy J R Brown with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office will deliver two sections of this program with one focusing on actions to take when domestic violence comes to work and the other on active shooter responses in the workplace.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

8:30 a.m.: registration
9 a.m.: workshop starts
4:30 p.m.: workshop ends


Thornblade Club; Greer, S.C.


Fee is $205 per person. Fee includes workshop materials, lunch, and continental breakfast. Advance, prepaid reservations are required.

Paying by credit card is the preferred method; however, checks will also be accepted if received no later than the event date.

To register by phone, call the Employers Network (864-585-1007). If you wish to pay by credit card, your reservation and payment can be handled with one phone call.

You may also make a reservation by fax. This holds your place until payment is received. You are responsible for making payment before the event date. Click here for a fax reservation form.


No refunds will be made after June 5. (This policy applies to cancellation requests received after May 3, and to event "no-shows.")

Cancellations made after May 29 and on or before June 5 will receive a refund minus a $95 cancellation fee.


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Employers Network, designated as a Preferred Provider by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), will award 6.5 Professional Development Credits under SHRM’s ‘Certified Professional,’ and ‘Senior Certified Professional’ designations.

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Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) has pre-approved the workshop for 6.5 General recertification credit hours.

(The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.)


  • From Interstate 85, take the Pelham Road exit (Exit 54)

  • Turn right onto The Parkway, and proceed to the third traffic light

  • Turn left onto Sonia Drive

  • Turn left onto Thornblade Boulevard

  • Clubhouse is located approximately three-quarters mile on the right

Later Event: June 8
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