For the past two years, Carol Danehower has been working on a project to help curb
the growing incidence of domestic violence in our society. The mission, according
to the website erasedomesticcrime.com, is to “connect victims and volunteers to local
services and resources, with the goals of rescuing those in danger and empowering
those seeking to participate in a community response to domestic violence.”
Danehower, an associate professor with the Department of Management at FCBE, held
a workshop along with the Memphis Area Women's Council in late October, Domestic Violence
Awareness Month. The panel focused on the increasing need for awareness by, and policies
against, domestic violence among local employers as more and more of these occurrences
carry over from the home into the workplace.
Danehower encourages colleagues in the workplace who suspect a domestic violence situation
is occurring to “recognize, respond, refer.”
The University chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) was a sponsor
and several area companies, including ServiceMaster and First Tennessee, as well as
Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc., took part in the event.
Danehower says she plans to begin collecting data for the project beginning in January
and that the recent public forum should help in that effort.