At VA, we are committed to maintaining a safe, respectful and welcoming environment in every VA facility. As VA Secretary Denis McDonough said, âEvery VA patient, their families and caregivers, as well as survivors of sexual assault, staff, visitors and advocates should feel safe in all settings. VA establishments. “
As part of this commitment, VA released Witness Intervention Training for Veterans, available online now. This free training is an opportunity for Veterans to learn ways to contribute to a healthy and safe environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
Recognize when the harassment takes place
Witness Intervention Training for Veterans provides tools and techniques for responding to witnesses of harassment or sexual assault.
The training will increase confidence in recognizing harassment situations. It will equip Veterans with the knowledge and skills to prevent these situations from escalating and to seek help when needed.
Harassment and sexual assault have a negative effect on individuals, so much so that Veterans who have been harassed for VA reasons are more likely to delay or miss their health care appointments because of they don’t feel safe.
35 minutes, free online training
Knowing how and when to intervene promotes a safe, healthy and welcoming environment for everyone who visits a VA facility.
Intervening can sometimes be intimidating; this training covers information and techniques that are practical and that veterans can use immediately if they observe harassment or sexual assault.
Please take Witness Intervention Training for Veterans. The training does not require any registration, takes only 30 to 35 minutes and is accessible from your computer, smartphone or tablet.
Intervening safely if a veteran observes harassment or sexual assault sends a powerful message about what is and is not acceptable behavior. By learning to recognize and respond to harassment, Veterans can contribute to a welcoming environment at VA.