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Workplace violence can be defined as any action that can threaten the safety of an employee, impact the employee's psychological or physical well being, or cause damage to a company's property.

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Workplace violence can be defined as any action that can threaten the safety of an employee, impact the employee's psychological or physical well being, or cause damage to a company's property. Workplace violence is not often talked about, but it does kill people. In the last decade it has become one of the leading causes of deaths in the workplace. The University of Iowa Prevention Center has broken down workplace violence into four categories. The first being (Type I) Criminal Intent, this is when a criminal displays violent behavior toward an employee. He/she has no association with the business or the employees. The person is usually committing a crime in combination with the violence. This type accounts for 85% of workplace violence. An example of this would be when two men entered a Wendy's in Flushing, New York with the intent to steal from the establishment. ...read more.


Customer/Client violence. This is when the perpetrator has a legitimate relationship with the business and becomes violent while being served by the business. This category includes any group that provides services. It is believed that a large proportion of customer/client incidents occur in settings such as nursing homes or psychiatric facilities; the victims are often patient caregivers. Other victims of this type of violence would be police officers, teachers, or social workers. My mother who is a school teacher would be an example of Type II violence. She was pushed down a small flight of stairs when attempting to break up a fight. This type of workplace violence could possibly affect me directly. A number of the students that I work with do have violent pasts, and are stable at best. In the two summers in which I have been working I have seen verbal threats, but never physical threats. ...read more.


Also there is a very low stress level in my work situation. Most worker-on-worker violence occurs in high stress jobs. The last type of workplace violence is Personal Relationship (Type IV). This is when the perpetrator usually does not have a relationship with the business but has a personal relationship with the intended victim. This type of violence targets women more than men. I do not think this type of violence will affect me personally in my workplace, but it could very easily affect my co workers. I do know that if someone wanted to target me for this type of violence they could very easily without difficulty because there is no security staff in the summer which would make me very accessible. This type of violence could without a doubt be accomplished in my work setting if a co- worker has an acquaintance with a violent past. Addressing this problem is complicated, because workplace violence has many sources. These categories can be very helpful in the design of strategies to prevent workplace violence. ...read more.

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