Next, mandatory cover your mouth when you sneeze training

Under a headline of “Pittsburgh workers may get training against domestic violence:

City of Pittsburgh employees would get mandatory domestic violence training, and those accused of abuse would be subject to review by a new Employee Domestic Violence Review Board, under legislation that got city council’s initial approval today.

I don’t know what makes me sadder, that there is even a need for an “Employee Domestic Violence Review Board,” or that there are people in this world who need to be instructed against domestic violence in a classroom setting a la Don’t Be an Asshole 101: Why Hitting your Spouse is Ill-Advised, Lesson One: “So you’re thinking about punching your wife.”



  1. bucdaddy
    May 5, 2010 12:30 pm

    That’s what you get when you teach city employees to use snow shovels.

  2. REARless
    May 5, 2010 1:49 pm

    C’mon Bojack, let’s hear you wax poetic about how all women ask for it and it is ok to smack them around.

  3. Margie
    May 5, 2010 2:31 pm

    I think Ben needs to take this class too.

  4. SpudMom
    May 5, 2010 2:50 pm

    @REARless – especially if they are ignoring that demand for a sammich. Smack ’em around!

  5. DG
    May 5, 2010 4:13 pm

    Well, I haven’t read the article, but domestic violence is so much more than smacking around the wife. The PFA code was amended a couple of years ago to include stalking, and now those and “control” behaviors can give rise to a finding of abuse under the code. To educate people that “If you wave your fist in her face, saying ‘Why I OUTTAA!!!”, that is abuse (threats of physical violence), and if you follow him everywhere he goes to make sure he is “safe” and is not talking with inappropriate women, that is abuse (stalking), and IF YOU FIND YOURSELF COMPELLED TO DO THESE THINGS, this is where you can go for help, is not a bad thing. Anything that can help curb domestic abuse and domestic violence (which is NOT ONLY the actual hitting) is a good thing in my book.

    OK, I’m done.

  6. Carpetbagger
    May 5, 2010 4:23 pm

    The Pirates have been told they don’t have to attend. They can’t hit anything. (Boom! I’m here all week!)

    Plus, as John Russell demonstrates every day, there’s no need to get excited and argue about anything… ever! I’ll bet he’s teaching the class.

  7. TK
    May 5, 2010 4:25 pm

    Don’t Be an Asshole 101: Why Hitting your Spouse is Ill-Advised, Lesson One: “So you’re thinking about punching your wife.”

    Lesson Two: Instead of hitting her, pray for her just like Jaron Lowenstein would.

  8. pghsciencenerd
    May 5, 2010 11:55 pm

    I volunteered for a domestic violence shelter during my college years, so I’m really glad to see that the city is providing this training AND tacking workplace consequences to people charged with domestic violence. I know it’s really sad that we have to institute these policies, but I really think more employers should take Pittsburgh’s lead in this area. Yet another reason I’m proud to be a Yinzer.