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Workplace Violence

About 3 of every 10 employees are victimized at work

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Organizations have just cause to be concerned about workplace violence. Not only is it disruptive to the workplace and people’s lives in the short-term, its effects on productivity and on staff’s motivation can be long-lasting.

A recent report published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, a section of the US Department of Justice, indicates that a high number of employees in the private sector report being victimized by people they work with.

Over 28% of men and nearly 40% of women report being victims of violence by a relationship at work, such as a customer, a patient, a supervisor, an employee or a peer.  Out of all of these, Coworker Violence frequency appears to rate the highest.

Victim-Offender Relationship in Workplace Violence

By type of employee and sex in the private sector, 2002–2011

Private Sector Men Women
Reported being a victim 28.1% 39.4%

Customer/client

6.0

5.8

Patient

0.9

11.1

Current/former Supervisor

1.2

6.6

Employee

2.7

1.6

Coworker

17.3

14.4

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