Workplace violence is an issue that has come to the forefront for many businesses, schools, and organizations due to their exposure to its occurrence, as well as the great deal of media attention that is devoted to violent incidents in the workplace. In addition, the incidence of violence in the workplace has increased by 32% over the past decade and is currently one of the fastest growing types of crime being tracked by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Several statistics and facts highlight the rate at which workplace violence is ascending.
During the years 1980-1989, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that there were and average of 15 people murdered at work each week.
According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), workplace homicide was the third-leading cause of death in the workplace in the 1980’s.
The bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) and NIOSH report that workplace homicide is now the second-leading cause of death in the workplace.
A study by Northwestern National Life (NWNL) found that in 1993, 2.2 million Americans were victims of physical attacks, 6.3 million were threatened, and 16.1 were harassed while at work. In other words, at least one-fourth of American workers were attacked, threatened, and/or harassed.