Cold, Hard, Realistic WPV Statistics

by todaystrainingblog

July 16, 2013


Cold, Hard, Realistic WPV Statistics


                I talk to people and get asked soooo many times ‘It isn’t that important is it? I mean it’s not like it hits close to home or me.’ But in that respect you’re wrong. WPV impacts every single one of us in innumerable ways.

                Whether it is your family member or friend that is assaulted or your job goes away because of an incident, it hits everyone. And the one aspect of this is that no matter what industry it hits or how many people are affected directly, we all pay the price in higher prices eventually or immediately.

                So in order to get my point across to everyone, here is a list of cold hard statistics about workplace violence. I have culled these from numerous different sources. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics to a study by Allied-Barton Security. . Take a good gander and we’ll go from there;



25% of employees view their jobs as the main cause of stress

75% of employees believe their job is more stressful than a generation ago

Employees come back, usually, within 6 months to commit their ‘rampage’

50% of companies have experienced a form of workplace violence

52 percent of employees have witnessed, experienced, or heard about an event that could lead to violence

ONLY 17 percent of workers believe their employers have a high interest in preventing workplace violence

70% of companies have no plans to deal with it

29% who do witness violence say they never report it


Assaults & Murder:

11% of workplace fatalities are homicides.

365 – 525 people are murdered while at work

50% of all employees a year are threatened or harassed

10% of employees a year are assaulted either verbally or physically

The #3 cause of death in the workplace is MURDER

MURDER is the #1 cause of death for women in the workplace

40% of all murders in the workplace involving women are related to domestic violence

3 – 4 women are murdered by their significant others every single day of the year

66% of perpetrators will commit suicide – either by themselves or by police


Financial Cost:

2% of total nonfatal lost work-time injuries are by assault.

$4.2 billion in costs to American businesses per year in missed days of work and legal costs

$35.4 billion yearly

$5.6 million settlement for each employee killed

$1.2 million inadequate security lawsuits

$30,000 for psychological therapy for each employee affected

33%- 66% of employees will leave due to the incident

$25,000 – $50,000 to replace each employee who leaves

$50,000 to clean-up and replace office supplies and furniture

6 – 8 weeks for productivity to get back to 100%


Where it comes from:

85% is criminal intent- meaning it occurs because of another crime i.e. robbery

7% is the traditional worker-on-worker

5% is conducted by someone with a personal relationship to a worker.

3% is perpetrated by someone with a connection to the business i.e. student, patient, client, or inmate. While this category is lowest, the majority of non-fatal violence is in this group.

21%of homicides are committed by work associates

12%of assaults are by co-workers

9% of all assaults are by customers


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