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Workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide, one of the leading causes of job-related deaths following motor vehicle accidents. Firearms were used in 80% of the homicides. Another 20% were the result of stabbing, beating, or bombings.

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Many reasons may be sited for workplace violence, among them:

  • Pressure and stress of modern life - economic, social, and psychological - that can build up over time and drive people over the edge

  • Some individuals may view violence as a way to deal with their frustrations and a way to solve their problems

  • A culture in which violence is tolerated and even gloried in many ways

  • Easy availability of weapons

The first place to look for people who commit violent acts or engage in threatening behavior against others is amoung our own employees. Unfortunately, many instances of workplace violence involve co-workers.

Next, there are former employees - people who may have a grudge against the Agency or other employee because they have been fired or laid off.

Friends and families of employees also figure int othe picture. At least 37% of victimes or workplace violence knew their attackers. This category includes stalkers, spouse and ex-spouse, boyfriends and girlfriends, and others who may have a personal quarrel with an employee.

Finally, there is the large category of outsiders who have no particular connection with the Agency or any of its employees.

Remember, too, that violence is occasionally directed by employees against themselves in the form of suicide attempts.

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