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Workplace Violence Against Government Employees, 1994-2011

NCJ Number
Date Published
April 2013
19 pages
Erika Harrell, Ph.D.
Publication Series
This report describes violence against government employees and compares violence in the workplace against government and private-sector employees.
Findings show that in 2011, about 1 in 5 victims of workplace homicide was a government employee. From 2002 to 2011, the annual average rate of simple assault in the workplace against government employees was more than three times that of private-sector employees; serious violent crime accounted for a larger percentage of workplace violence against private-sector employees (25 percent) than government employees (15 percent); about 96 percent of workplace violence against government employees was against state, county, and local employees, who made up 81 percent of the total government workforce; male government employees were more likely than female government employees to face a stranger in an incident of workplace violence; female government employees were more likely than male government employees to be attacked in the workplace by someone with whom they had a work relationship. This study presents information on both nonfatal and fatal forms of violence in the workplace against government employees, based on the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. Included is information on type of workplace violence, violence by occupation, and victim and crime characteristics, such as sex and race distribution, offender weapon use, police notification, and victim injury. Tables, figures, and appendixes

Date Created: April 11, 2013