Workplace violence – Types of workplace violence and some alarming facts

Aren’t we aware of this term and yet we keep our mouth shut as if we don’t care about others or we care only when it happens with us.

Workplace violence is defined as any act subjected to harass and cause mental trauma with violence or intimidation. It ranges from verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide.

According to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, there are four types of workplace violence:

  1. Criminal Intent
  2. Customer/Client
  3. Personal Relationship
  4. Worker-on-Worker

Alarming facts about workplace violence:

  1. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 409 people were fatally injured in work-related attacks.
  2. One-third of nurses are subjected to verbal or physical abuse once in a month.
  3. Nearly 2 million have reported that they had suffered violence and physical abuse at the workplace.
  4. In 2010, 1 in 9 workplace fatalities were the homicide.
  5. Homicide is the most common cause of workplace fatalities in women.

To conclude, I can only say that it is a crime worse than even murder as it kills the self-esteem and the wisdom to work in an organization. And no doubt the victim will never gain trust over him/herself.

So, take steps and report any kind of verbal or physical abuse/violence to your senior officers/manager.

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