Violence in the Workplace

Violence in the workplace, in any form, is not tolerated by the George Washington University. If you experience violence or harassment in the workplace, you should report it immediately to GWPD and your direct supervisor. If you are in danger, you should immediately call GWPD at 202-994-6111 or 911. If you observe behavior that is suspicious or makes you feel threatened, but you do not believe that you are in imminent danger, you can report threatening behavior or other behavioral concerns to GWPD online. GWPD takes reports of threatening behavior seriously and works with several other offices within the University to address incidents of workplace violence immediately.

What is Workplace Violence?

Workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence directed toward persons at work or on duty.  It can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide.  OSHA has categorized workplace violence into three categories to make it easier to understand.

  1. Stranger Violence- Stranger violence versus employees, such as armed robbery, accounts for 60% of all workplace homicides.
  2. Client Violence- Client versus employee, which is best exemplified by a social worker being attacked by a client, account for 30% of all workplace homicides.
  3. Employee Violence - Employee versus employee, which is best exemplified by a case wherein an employee attacks a supervisor, accounts for 10% of all workplace homicides.  This category also includes domestic violence, temporary employees and subcontractors. 

General Information

Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 assures safe and healthful working conditions for every working person and to reserve our human resources.  The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is charged with researching and making recommendations related to occupational safety and health standards.

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