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Violence at work
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines work-related violence as “any incident in which a person is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to work”. This includes verbal abuse and threats, in addition to physical abuse.
Employees in many public-facing roles are at risk of being attacked by customers, while other positions, such as prison officer and police officer, are inherently dangerous. Employers may have a policy on violence at work, which should set out preventative steps and support available to victims.
Domestic violence outside work may also have an impact on employees’ health and wellbeing.
13 Sep 2019
Transport for London workers on the District Line have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in protest at the growing levels of violence from passengers.
10 Sep 2019
A Co-op funded report has called for government action to prevent crime against retail workers, claiming it has reached ‘epidemic’...
28 Jun 2019
With 115 attacks every day it's time for extra measures to protect retail workers demand unions, associations and supermarkets.
30 Apr 2019
A retail union has urged the government to better protect shop workers from violence and verbal abuse, after it emerged...
20 Feb 2019
Independent investigations into misconduct at both Amnesty International and Oxfam suggest that toxic workplace cultures can have serious consequences. What...
31 Oct 2018
Nurses and doctors will be better protected from attacks by patients and their families under plans to crack down on...
12 Oct 2018
A recruitment agency has been held vicariously liable for the actions of its managing director after he punched someone and...
13 Sep 2018
Prison terms for individuals who assault emergency workers will increase from six months to a year under a new law...
20 Jun 2018
Assaults on retail staff rose by a quarter last year, according to the Home Office, highlighting the need to better...
1 Jun 2018
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) is calling on train operators’ management to “come out of...
25 May 2018
A whistleblower who complained of a misogynistic and racist culture at a Scottish government department has claimed that she was...
25 Apr 2018
The number of violent assaults on ambulance staff rose by more than a third (34%) in four years, according to...
17 Apr 2018
Physical assaults on NHS staff in England rose by 9.7% compared to 2015/16, according to new figures published today.
2 Mar 2016
The supermarket Morrisons is vicariously liable for the actions of an employee who seriously assaulted a customer, the Supreme Court...