Workplace Violence Prevention in a Nutshell
June 2005

Unfortunately, we are a violent society. The Department of Justice has reported that, during the 1990s, each year approximately 1 million violent crimes were committed in the workplace and 2 million workers were physically attacked, threatened and/or harassed at work. The Workplace Violence Research Institute estimates that, on a daily basis, 16,400 workers are threatened, 723 employees are attacked and 43,800 employees are harassed. Most disturbing is that approximately 600 work-related homicides that occur each year. It has been estimated that such violence costs employers $36 billion per year for lost productivity, loss of life, injuries, employee counseling, legal fees and court awards.

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