Risk of work-related violence in England and Wales

Edwards, J.A. and Buckley, P. (2021). Risk of work-related violence in England and Wales. Occupational Medicine (Early access).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/occmed/kqab145

Abstract

Background
There is an urgent need to address high levels of work-related violence (WRV) in Britain to improve the workplace experience of both employers and employees.

Aims
This study specifically explores prevalence rates of work-related violence assaults (WRVAs) for staff at high risk that have supervisor responsibilities and work full-time. Methods Five years of data were used for analysis from the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW). Data were filtered for victims of crime from a working population in Britain.

Results Forty-four per cent of respondents who are supervisors and have full-time jobs report that they had been victims of WRVAs. This figure is higher than other previous studies of WRV.

Conclusions
The current study provides further alternative evidence to support high prevalence rates of WRV by selecting for analysis specific work characteristics data that are strongly associated with WRV (supervisor responsibilities and full-time work). It is therefore recommended that future work explores different means of intervention for organizations to implement within the workplace to reduce WRV and protect workers from harm.

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