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Janice Santiago, Safe at Work Network Coordinator, Employment Advocate

802-658-3131 Ext. 1068


Safe At Work Network to Announce Results

of Vermont’s First ‘Domestic Violence in the Workplace’ Survey.

Announcement set for Monday, January 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Women Helping Battered Women, 294 North Winooski Avenue, Burlington.


Over the past few months in Vermont, domestic violence has affected the workplaces of many victims of domestic abuse.

To better understand the impact of domestic violence on workplace productivity in Chittenden County, the Safe at Work Network enlisted the support of St. Michael’s College and Church Street Marketplace to produce a survey of 85 Chittenden County businesses and organizations.

The three organizations were guided by the 2013 recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Professor Vince Bolduc of St. Michael’s College Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Center for Social Science Research, supervised 22 undergraduate students who researched, developed and executed the survey.  Professor Bolduc conducts a respected survey of businesses for the Vermont Business Roundtable.

As the first survey of Vermont employers, the process and questions can be adapted and used in other counties and regions of Vermont.   The Safe at Work Network’s goal is to strengthen knowledge of and response to domestic violence in the workplace, in turn helping create safer and more profitable businesses.

The Safe at Work Network was created in 2013 by Women Helping Battered Women as a preventive and proactive strategy for building a stronger community. By talking to employers about the impact of domestic violence in the workplace, encouraging businesses to add domestic violence policies to their personnel policies, and training staff about domestic violence, we are creating stronger, safer, more economically stable employment opportunities for victims of domestic violence.  Currently, ten Chittenden County businesses and organizations have joined the Safe at Work Network.






Stopping Domestic Violence video

by WHBW on December 9, 2013

Women Helping Battered Women have been in the media quite a few times this past year. Most recently Emily Fredette and Janice Satiago were interviewed on the UVM extention “Across the Fence.” They both spoke of the programs offered by Women Helping Battered Women such as the hotline, emergency housing services, economic justice and transitional housing, legal services, education and outreach, and children services. They also spoke of ways to help support a survivor in ones life and how not to get trapped into victim blaming. Check out the video here!



Men’s Survivor Support Group

November 25, 2013

          Women Helping Battered Women is committed to helping all victims of domestic violence, and as awareness of this issue grows, so does the realization that men are also victims of abuse. National figures estimate that 1 in 7 men have experienced domestic abuse, and that 835,000 men are assaulted by […]

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Autumn Basement Boutique Article

November 20, 2013

Yes, it’s that time again! It’s time for comfy sweaters and layers with skirts.  Boots call for socks and naked ears desire knit hats.  The Basement Boutique is getting new items in all the time.  Free, fashion forward looks, will constantly be filling the racks at Sophie’s Place.  One of this season’s looks includes bright […]

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Domestic Violence Continues to Impact All of Chittenden County

October 2, 2013

Women Helping Battered Women Urges Area Businesses to Join the Chittenden County Safe at Work Network BURLINGTON, VT, October 2, 2013 – Domestic violence (DV) continues to plague communities throughout Vermont’s Chittenden County. Last week a high profile incident in Burlington placed a victim in the intensive care unit at a local hospital, threw the […]

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Welcome New Volunteers and Interns

September 23, 2013

Women Helping Battered Women’s September new advocate training just finished up and it has provided us with a new round of amazing volunteers and interns! New advocate training is a twenty hour workshop training that takes place three times a year. Upon completion of the twenty hours , each participants earns “Victim and Crisis Worker […]

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Laura Kate Winterbottom March

September 18, 2013

On Saturday, September 14th 2013 the community gathered starting at 9am at Oakledge Park for the annual Laura Kate Winterbottom walk/run fundraiser.                 Established in September of 2006, the primary goal of Laura’s March is to raise funds to support organizations that work to help end sexual violence. Held in remembrance of Laura during her […]

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Uno’s Dough Raiser to Celebrate the Life of Birdie Cousens

July 30, 2013

August 7, 2013 11am to 11pm You, your friends, and your family are all cordially invited to partake in fine food and drinks at UNO’s in South Burlington. This event was planned on the five year anniversary of the tragic death of Laura-Jean Cousens. Laura or “Birdie’s” family believes she would approve of us as the […]

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Board of Directors for Chittenden’s Women Helping Battered Women (WHBW) Announces Search for New Director of Development and Communications

May 31, 2013

  Board Plans to Adopt New Shared-Leadership Model, Structured Around Direct Services, Finance, and Development   Burlington, VT, May 31, 2013 – As a result of the recent vacancy in the Executive Director position, The Board of Directors of Women Helping Battered Women (WHBW), believes it is the opportune time for the organization to implement […]

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5th Annual Zumbathon®- One for the History Books!

May 9, 2013

On Saturday March 23, 2013, over 500 participants in Memorial Auditorium in Burlington VT for Women Helping Battered Women’s 5th Annual Zumbathon® left it all on the dance floor. The joyful energy of Zumba® Fitness carried WHBW past their $50,000 fundraising goal, deeming the event an enormous success. Local Zumba® Fitness Instructors Bridget O’Connor and […]

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