Domestic Violence at Work: PSAC Training for Representatives

March 21, 2020 to March 22, 2020
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Sign-up Deadline: 
February 10, 2020

Domestic Violence at Work: PSAC Training for Representatives

Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2020 Vancouver, BC | Course hours (approximately): 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (both days) | Application Deadline: 9:00 a.m. PST, Monday, February 10, 2020.

  • Apply online here. (for a paper copy of the application form, please contact the Vancouver Regional Office)

This course is for PSAC union representatives (stewards, local officers, human rights advocates, etc.) who:

  • Have experience and training on representing members in the workplace;
  • Have community or union work supporting survivors of domestic violence or advocating against domestic violence and/or gender-based violence;
  • Are willing to take on advocacy and referral for members in the workplace who experience domestic violence


  • Talking Union Basics course or Our Communities, Our Union, Our Rights: An Introduction to the PSAC for Indigenous Members (OCOUOR) course or equivalent.

Course Overview:

In December 2014, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) released the results of a survey that was developed in collaboration with the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children, of Western University in Ontario (CREVAWC), on the impact of domestic violence on the lives of workers. The results show that more than 1/3 of workers experience (or have experienced) domestic violence and for over half of those, domestic violence follows them to work.  More than 80% of those experiencing domestic violence said that it impacts their work performance and/or ability to get to work.

Eliminating and advocating to end violence against women has been a longstanding priority for PSAC members. Several resolutions on this issue have been adopted throughout the years. At the 2015 PSAC National Triennial Convention, members adopted a resolution to develop a domestic violence education training program. This course is a result of the action of members to bring this issue forward as a workplace and union issue.

If you are willing to take on advocacy and referral for members in the workplace who are experiencing domestic violence, we invite you to apply for this course. Participants will receive information and training on how to deliver short awareness presentation to other members on the topic of domestic violence in the workplace. There will be support worker(s) available throughout the course.


By the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. explain why domestic violence and gender-based violence is a workplace issue and what the union can do to support members who experience domestic violence
  2. identify the role and responsibilities of the parties with regards to supporting someone in the workplace who experiences domestic violence
  3. recognize the signs, in the workplace, that someone might be experiencing domestic violence
  4. support and refer members who experience domestic violence
  5. deliver a short awareness presentation to members, on domestic violence in the workplace

The Details:

The PSAC will provide travel, accommodation, meal and incidental allowances, loss of salary, and reimbursement of family care costs, in accordance with the PSAC Travel and Family Care policies.  Please note that this is an advanced in-residence course so hotel accommodation will be provided for all participants. For participants in the Lower Mainland, the hotel accommodation will only be for Saturday night.

PSAC representatives interested in this course are asked to apply online by 9:00 a.m. PST, Monday, February 10, 2020.

Any questions, please contact :

Deanna Kimball, Regional Education Officer – BC
c/o PSAC Vancouver Regional Office
phone: 604-430-5631 x 1746
toll-free: 1-800-663-1655 x 1746

All applicants will be advised in mid-February 2020 if they have been accepted as a participant on the course.