Blue in the Community - Shield Against Violent Environments (SAVE)

SAVE is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas initiative that was introduced in early 2001 to assist employees who are in physically, emotionally or sexually abusive relationships. SAVE stands for Shield Against Violent Environments.

The intent of SAVE is to let BCBSKS employees know that if they are in such a relationship, they are not alone. BCBSKS is committed to providing them a safe place to work, along with access to community resources.

SAVE puts in place a formal corporate statement and policy regarding domestic violence. It also encourages employees who are victims to come forth to confidentially receive assistance.

Developing SAVE for BCBSKS employees is just one part of an overall program to support domestic violence initiatives. Representatives from the company also are working with local, regional and national coalitions on a variety of other activities. Some corporate monies are being used for charitable donations and in-kind services to support domestic violence projects.

Blue Cross served as the major sponsor for the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) events: Safe Homes, Safe Streets conference held in January 2013 and for a one-day seminar for business owners and human resources professionals on addressing sexual and domestic violence in the workplace in July 2013.

KCSDV works for the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence through a statewide network of programs providing support and safety for all victims of sexual and domestic violence and stalking, with primary focus on women and their children; direct services; public awareness and education; advocacy for victims; comprehensive prevention; and, social change efforts

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