OLYMPIA, Washington – A new domestic violence survivor resources poster that will be featured in all Washington workplaces has been unveiled. The poster will be produced and distributed by the Washington Employment Security Department.
Rep. Gina Mosbrucker (R-Goldendale) is the main sponsor of House Bill 1533, requiring that information about domestic violence be provided in the workplace. In support, the workplace poster, which is also available in Spanish, highlights the National Domestic Violence Hotline, provides information about online resources, and provides space for employers to list local domestic violence programs, as required in the bill.
“Nationwide, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of domestic violence,” Mosbrucker said in a prepared statement. “Here in Washington state, about 41 percent of women and 32 percent of men have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime. Between 2006 and 2015, 563 Washingtonians were killed as a result of intimate partner violence. Many victims don’t know where to turn for help. Often, the workplace is the only safe place for these victims. If they are afraid to go home from work, this poster, which will be displayed in every Washington workplace, gives them information to find a way out.”
The new poster is available from ESD’s employer resources forms and publications page for employers to download and display in the workplaces.
The bill passed the during the 2019 legislative session and took effect July 28.