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According to new Home Office research, there are more than a million violent incidents at work each year in England and Wales. About a quarter of these involved physical assault resulting in injury. High risk professions are the police, social workers, probation officers, security guards and bar staff. Nurses also face increasing violence, as do teachers. Violence in the workplace costs about £0.25 billion each year when compensation is included.
On average there are seven incidents of violence per month in each NHS Trust in England, adding up to around 65,000 incidents each year. Around two thirds of attacks are on nurses.
School violence has also had a higher profile, especially after recent incidents including the fatal stabbing of headmaster Philip Lawrence and the shootings at Columbine High School in America. Domestic violence also continues unabated, although incidents rarely make the headlines unless they involve murder, usually of the female partner. Spree killings always make the headlines.
The five main areas of health and safety law relevant to violence at work are:
For further information see the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) publication Violence at work: a guide for employers. For information on HSE publications call tel 0541 545500 or write to HSE Information Centre, Broad Lane, Sheffield S3 7HQ. Other HSE publications include:
Preventing violence to retail staff, HS(G)133, 1995, HSE Books, ISBN
Prevention of violence to staff in banks and building societies, HS(G)100, 1993, HSE Books, ISBN 071760683X
Violence to staff in the education sector, HSC Education Services Advisory Committee, 1990, HSE Books, ISBN 0118855581
Violence to staff in the health services, HSC Health Service Advisory Committee, 1987, HSE books, ISBN 0118839179
Whilst we can all recognise physical violence, recognising psychological violence has until recently presented more of a challenge. Physical violence can result in horrific physical injuries which are obvious even to the untrained eye. What's not so well recognised is that psychological violence, can, over the long term, cause just as severe injury to health. This web site is about the psychological violence we call bullying.
Bully OnLine is a gold mine of insight and information on the underlying behaviours of violence and exposes the serial bully. Everyone knows at least one person in their life with this profile. See who this reminds you of.
Browse this web site to recognize the bullies in your life ... start with Am I being bullied? then move on to What is bullying? Find an answer to the question, "Why me?" To find out what you can do about bullying, click Action to tackle bullying. Have a look at the profile of the serial bully which is common to violent people, abusive partners, abusers, pedophiles, harassers, stalkers, rapists, even some serial killers.
The Suzy Lamplugh Trust, 14 East Sheen Avenue, London SW14 8AS. The national charity for personal safety. Information on personal safety, violence, school bullying, stalking, etc. Publications available. Telephone 020 8876 0305, Fax 020 8392 1830.
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