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Workplace Violence Study

Posted in News Articles on 10/08/2007

U.S. residents suffered an annual average of 1.7 million violent workplace victimizations over the past ten years.  In addition to those non-fatal workplace crimes against people 12 years old and older, there were about 900 workplace-related homicides annually during those years, according to the BJS study. Workplace violence accounted for 18 percent of all violent crime during the seven-year period.

Almost one in eight victimized workers were injured during the act of violence, about one in nine faced multiple offenders and about four in 10 had a prior relationship with the offender. In about 11 percent of the workplace homicides the offender was a coworker, former coworker or a customer. About three-quarters of all workplace violence was committed by unarmed offenders, but more than 80 percent of the workplace homicides were committed with firearms.

Of selected occupations examined over the past ten years, police officers were the most vulnerable to be victims of workplace violence, as well as correctional officers, taxicab drivers, private security workers, and bartenders.  Police officers were victims of a nonfatal violent crime while they were working or on duty at a rate of 261 per 1,000 officers.

While working or on duty, U.S. residents experienced 1.7 million violent victimizations annually during the past ten years including 1.3 million simple assaults, 325,000 aggravated assaults, 36,500 rapes and sexual assaults, 70,000 robberies, and 900 homicides. Workplace violence accounted for 18% of all violent crime.

For more information on these and other crime statistics, go to the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics website.

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