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NCJ Number: 159347 Find in a Library
Title: Violence in the Workplace Is Not a Serious Problem (From Violence: Opposing Viewpoints, P 37-44, 1996, David Bender, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-159343)
Author(s): E Larson
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author challenges the common perception that violence in the workplace is a growing crisis; he scrutinizes studies by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and others and concludes that workplace murder is rare, especially for many white collar professions.
Abstract: The author believes only a few workplace murders are committed by disgruntled employees or ex-employees; rather, about 75 percent are committed during robberies. A Federal census of workplace homicides, released in August 1994, found that 59 employees were killed by coworkers or former coworkers in 1993, or 1 in 2.1 million people. In comparison, the National Weather Service puts the odds of getting struck by lightning at 1 in 600,000. Therefore, the author concludes that workplace violence is a false crisis and that workplace murder is a rare event. He cites study and survey data to support his contention and indicates that violence statistics are not put in perspective by the media and by employers themselves. 1 figure
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Employment; Homicide; Media coverage; Murder; Violent crime statistics; Violent crimes
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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