Breaking the Silence: HR's Toolkit for Addressing Gender Based Violence

Date and Time

Starts:02/22/2024 12:00 PM

Ends:02/22/2024 1:00 PM

Registration Closes:02/21/2024 5:00 PM

Event Type: Webinar

1 CPD Hour(s)



HRPA Members: Free

Non-Members: $30 + taxes

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Program Description

Empower yourself as an HR professional by participating in our webinar, "Breaking the Silence: HR's Toolkit for Addressing Gender Based Violence." This session is tailored to educate HR managers on recognizing signs of domestic violence and learn how to provide support and resources to survivors. Our Abuse and Violence Prevention Workshops, facilitated by trained professionals, offer a comprehensive understanding of healthy relationships, survivor support, and an overview of available services.

Since 1978, Yellow Brick House has been one of the largest providers in Ontario of services to women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse. Our mission is to provide life-saving services and prevention programs to meet the diverse needs of individuals, families, and communities impacted by violence. We are committed to providing free and confidential support services to women and children escaping violence and abuse seeking. Our vision is Freedom From Violence. Equality For All.

Yellow Brick House is deeply committed to eradicating gender based violence, recognizing the crucial role of an informed and aware public in this transformative journey. In advance of International Women’s Day, Yellow Brick House is offering this free online webinar.

Section 1 of Presentation:

Bill 274, Intimate Partner Violence Disclosure Act, 2021

Legislative Requirement in Domestic Violence and Dealing with employees who have suffered through Trauma:

Bill 274, Intimate Partner Violence Disclosure Act, 2021

Occupational Health and Safety Act – Domestic Violence in the Workplace (Employer Duties)

Issues affecting women of all social, economic classes (professionals, employees, etc)

  • Domestic Violence Statistics, signs of Abuse, lack of education in dealing with trauma.
  •  Effects on the Workplace: Absenteeism, Drastic Change in Performance, suspecting abuse and recognizing symptoms, talking to employees if you suspect it.

Section 2 of Presentation:

Beyond EFAP – What we can offer:

Being informed about Services in your Area to aid Employees beyond EFAP - Leadership information and tools to help discuss and deal with difficult conversations. 

Yellow Brick House

Mission, Values, Services Offered, Education. How we can help the workplace – bringing seminars into the Company, Training, Information, Recognizing Trauma etc,

How can companies support?

Corporate Sponsorships, Corporate Event Packages


Learning Objectives

  • Handling Domestic Violence Situations in the Workplace
  • Domestic Violence and the impacts on employee performance
  • Outreach Services Available and how you can support more effectively.
  • Community Involvement – Corporate engagement, volunteer work, projects, sponsorship, and financial support.


Who should attend this program?

  • HR Professionals
  • Managers &Supervisors
  • Leadership
  • Business Owners




Speaker bio(s)
Lorris Herenda

Lorris Herenda is the Chief Executive Officer of Yellow Brick House operating in its 45th year. She joined Yellow Brick House in 2004 and has doubled the agency scope in delivery of shelter services and community counselling and supportive services. Lorris is the co-chair of the York Region Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee and recently completed her 6 year term as Treasurer of the board of Ontario Association Interval and Transitional Housing (OAITH). She is the 2013 recipient of the Attorney General Victim Services Award of Distinction. In 2012 and 2008, she won the Province of Ontario award “Leading Women, Building Communities” for her exceptional community leadership to improve the lives of women and girls in Ontario. In 2022, she was a time recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Award pin and certificate.

Anastasia Protocky

Anastasia Protocky is the HR Manager at Yellow Brick House and joined Yellow Brick House in August (2022) after a long career in the automotive industry. Anastasia has extensive experience in managing a full spectrum of human resources programs that align with the core values of the organizations that she has served. A solution focused leader who enhances human capital through coaching, development, and succession planning to ensure the health and robustness of short- and long-term organizational performance. With a people first approach, Anastasia knows the importance of providing adequate resources to staff that may unfortunately suffer the impacts of trauma and abuse. “I have dealt with employees who have had some incredible hardships ranging from homelessness, domestic family abuse, mental illness, financial crisis, and much more. In varying circumstances having to research community aids to help support employees beyond EFAP – taking that extra time to be able to offer multiple options to help aid employees in their personal lives, only translates into building employee loyalty, quicker return to work, lesser absenteeism and better performance. Anastasia continues to enhance her learning in trauma informed frameworks with a goal of integrating these concepts into expanding employee wellness and stability.

Christie Lau

Christie is the Public Education Coordinator at Yellow Brick House, where she joined the organization in 2023. She is deeply committed to empowering individuals and promoting community safety. With a strong background in community engagement and program development, Christie leads impactful abuse prevention workshops in schools, community centers, and public libraries. Her workshops focus on important topics such as positive communication, healthy relationships, and digital literacy, equipping participants with the knowledge and tools to create safer communities. Drawing from her experience as a Student Development Officer, Communications Advisor, and Volunteer Counselor, Christie has honed her skills in empowering individuals to make positive changes in their lives.