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Workplace Violence, 1993-2009

NCJ Number
Date Published
March 2011
18 pages
Erika Harrell, Ph.D.
Publication Series
Based on the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, this report presents data on violence perpetrated in the workplace against employed persons.
The data indicate that from 2002 to 2009, the rate of nonfatal workplace violence declined 35 percent, following a 62-percent decline in the rate from 1993 to 2002. Between 2005 and 2009, the average annual rate of workplace violence (5 violent crimes per 1,000 employed persons age 16 or older) was approximately one-third the rate of non-workplace violence (16 violent crimes per 1,000 employed persons age 16 or older) and violence against unemployed persons (17 violent crimes per 1,000 persons age 16 or older). Between 2005 and 2009, law enforcement officers, security guards, and bartenders experienced the highest rates of nonfatal workplace violence. Between 2005 and 2009, strangers committed the highest proportion of nonfatal workplace violence against males (53 percent) and females (41 percent). Of workplace homicides between 2005 and 2009, approximately 28 percent involved victims in sales and related occupations, and approximately 17 percent involved victims in protective service occupations. Between 2005 and 2009, approximately 70 percent of homicides in the workplace were committed by robbers and other assailants, and approximately 21 percent were committed by work associates. Although firearms were used in only 5 percent of nonfatal workplace violent events between 2005 and 2009, 80 percent of workplace homicides were shootings. 25 tables and 4 figures

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